If PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles remain a dream, Walmart might be the answer

Here’s a funny thing about must-have items: quite often you’re not the only one dying to get your hands on them. Which, over the decades, has led to full-on frenzies for everything from Cabbage Patch Dolls to Air Jordans to toilet paper and yeast during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To this you can add PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. But if you’re a Walmart subscriber you just might be in luck.

Ever since they were first rolled out in 2020, both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been notoriously difficult to get hold of. The shortage might very well be tied into the fact that everyone in 2020 was busy taking root on the sofa playing video games during lockdown. As for 2021, everyone was once again mostly busy taking root on the sofa playing Fortnite, VALORANT, and other video games during lockdown.

Your luck might change today. Effective as of noon today, Walmart is granting those who are part of the Walmart Plus subscriber program early access to its gaming console stock.

Not a Walmart Plus customer? You can go here, sign up, and then join the fray of folks trying to get their hands on one of the two highly coveted consoles. Expect to pay either US$98 for the yearly plan, or US$12.95 for the monthly. Of, you know, you can fudge things and opt for the 15 day trial.

Not interested in taking on another subscription—after all, you’re already a member of Amazon, Netflix, and the Columbia Record of the Month club? In that case it’s strictly “back of the line” with the hope there are leftovers.

Good luck. And while you’re shopping don’t forget to stock up on toilet paper and yeast. As for the Cabbage Patch Dolls and Air Jordans, your grandparents didn’t need either back in the ’80s, and you sure as heck don’t need them today.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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