Targeting holiday shoppers in the US, Walmart guarantees the preorders will ship by December 16.
If, like me, you were out scrambling for Halloween candy and costumes tonight, you may have already noticed the slow creep forward of the Christmas decorations. Retailers are gearing up for the holiday sales season, and Walmart is no exception. As of today, Walmart is taking online preorders for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles guaranteed to be delivered by December 25. That means the consoles should arrive just in time for Christmas gift giving, perfectly timed for Kwanzaa, and possibly a little late if you celebrate the winter solstice. If you were hoping to grab a console for a Hanukkah gift, you might be out of luck.
Walmart is offering the basic consoles as well as bundles for preorder. The PS4 retails for $399 USD, and Sony revealed the full launch title line up today. For $459, you can add a second Dualshock controller or one of eleven games to the standard console. A bundle with both a second controller and a game will cost you $517. The Xbox One retails for $499. The Xbox One launch line up will include Titanfall as an exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC. Adding a second controller or one of eleven games bumps that up to $559, or add both for a $617 bundle.
The preorders are only available to US customers. Whether or not Walmart's international operations (in Argentina, Canada, and the United Kingdom, to name a few) will offer a similar promotion is unknown.