The release of a new console is always a big event that often turns into a bit of a disaster as retailers struggle to anticipate and keep up with demand, and this year's releases are no different.
PlayStation 5 launched today (Nov. 12) and among the retailers allowing customers to purchase it on release day was retail giant Walmart - and they're almost certainly regretting not shoring up their website to meet the onslaught of gamers attempting to snag a PS5 today.
The first drop of PS5's came at noon, and the site almost instantly crashed due to excessive demand. Customers experienced crazy slow loading time, orders glitching out, and carts suddenly getting emptied out because the product was sold out.
Multiple users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations:
Me trying to cop a PS5 from amazon / best buy / target / walmart / playstation direct— Asbel (@asbel89) November 12, 2020
me and the homies when someone walks out of Walmart with a PS5 pic.twitter.com/74MPSDysPY— Decimo (@decimoXIV) November 12, 2020
me trying to compete against bots online for the PS5 pic.twitter.com/E8NzZiutVg— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) November 12, 2020
When Walmart took the ps5 out my cart pic.twitter.com/Yxn2DJ6fGm— ATKDMILLER (@atkdmiller) November 12, 2020
Went to Walmart's website— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 12, 2020
Added PS5 to cart right at noon
Out of stock
How I'm looking trying to buy a PS5 on walmart. pic.twitter.com/XnKw3Pxhn1— flipnotejoe (@flipnotejoe) November 12, 2020
The walmart website after i think i copped a ps5 pic.twitter.com/7i1XYSHq97— Jay (@LonzoBalling) November 12, 2020
Had the PS5 in my cart— ᴊᴀᴍꜱ (@Jamseru) November 12, 2020
Payment was processing
PS5 lost pic.twitter.com/913BfsTGYx
Me trying to give *Walmart* my credit card for this ps5 pic.twitter.com/FguNeLczZS— PK Depression ✨ (@NkoBcce) November 12, 2020
the ps5 in my cart when i pressed checkout on walmart pic.twitter.com/aUFDqtQ9Ur— Cedar/Cypress (@cowboy_cedar) November 12, 2020
Me, each time a PS5 is added to my cart but I can’t check out. pic.twitter.com/tFcYOafSgI— jDantastic (@jDantastic) November 12, 2020
me trying to buy a PS5 from Walmart— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) November 12, 2020
Me returning to Walmart every 3 hours for the PS5 drop pic.twitter.com/wWkEGzgI1k— Manny (@Manny_sc21) November 12, 2020
Me pulling up to Walmart to beat they ass after the website crashed and I had the PS5 in the cart pic.twitter.com/eM3gPSZJfy— KingShaun (@Skyhitmarker) November 12, 2020
Supposedly, Walmart plans to drop more units at 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 9:00 pm, so we'll see if those drops fare any better.