With the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release date both coming out this month, many video game fans are anticipating the arrival of the newest consoles before Black Friday 2013. The PS4 release date is scheduled for Nov. 15, with the Xbox One a week later on Nov. 22. Black Friday is one week after that on the 29th. Several stores will have "midnight launch" releases of the two consoles including GameStop and Best Buy, with some websites such as Amazon or Walmart taking pre-orders online as well. Both items have been popular purchases though, and have led to pre-orders quickly selling out.
According to Extreme Tech in a Nov. 4 report, both Best Buy and GameStop will host midnight launches for the upcoming video game consoles. They note that GameStop "is notorious for not having enough stock" when it comes to these launches, but that consulting the Best Buy Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One midnight launch locators may aid buyers in finding an available console in their area when the clock strikes midnight. However, it could also mean waiting in a lengthy line outside the store in order to secure one, or eventually having to buy one from a third party seller online.
Extreme Tech also reported that Walmart had been taking pre-orders for the Sony PS4 and Xbox One, but have sold out of the new Xbox and didn't have "secured future stock" of the game systems yet. However, Walmart reportedly has future stock secured for Sony's PlayStation 4 and opened up a second wave of pre-orders which will ship "before Christmas." More details can be seen at Walmart on how to pre-order the consoles. Any interested buyer may want to continue checking the Walmart site to see if they open up pre-orders for the Xbox One again.
As for Black Friday 2013 sales on the PS4 or Xbox One, those have yet to be announced. Rumors suggest that there probably won't be a whole lot of discounts offered on these consoles, although in the past some retailers have included a gift card for use in their store along with the system when purchased. However, getting one's hands on the console is going to be the hard part there.
Have you pre-ordered the new Xbox One or Sony PS4 console, or are you planning to try to get one at a midnight launch?