Updated: Best Buy Will Have Xbox Series X And PS5 Back In Today After 9AM EST

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OK folks, it's that most wonderful time of year again. No, we're not talking about drinking eggnog and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for the 100th time; we're talking about the next scheduled "console drop" from a major U.S. retailer. In this case, Best Buy has announced its intent to restock its shelves with Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles.

The company says that the big day comes tomorrow, December 15th, as part of a larger 3-day sales bonanza. However, let's get one thing out of the way first: this won't be an in-store sales event. So, don't count on camping out in front of the store in the hopes of laying your hands on an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. Instead, sales will only take place online.

When Can I Place An Order For An Xbox Series S/X Or PS5?

Best Buy says that the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 will be available to purchase around 8am CST (9am EST) on Tuesday, December 15th. Since this is an online-only purchasing affair, you'll be doing battle with thousands of other Best Buy customers and the very best (and well-seasoned) bots that will be deployed by scalpers. In other words, don't be surprised if you come up empty-handed. However, for quick reference, here are the landing pages for the four consoles that will be available tomorrow:

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How Can I Get My Order?

Once you place your order, you will have a number of different ways to take possession of your new console:

  • You can order online for contactless, curbside pickup at your local Best Buy store. Your order will be ready for pickup within an hour.
  • Same-day delivery is available in some markets, and if you place an order before 3pm (local time), you should have the console at your door by 9pm that same night.
  • Free next-day delivery is also available as an option for many Best Buy customers.

If you've been unlucky so far this year getting a next-gen Xbox or PlayStation, we're keeping our fingers crossed that you'll be able to get one tomorrow.