Walmart doesn’t want robots to catch your new PS5 or Xbox Series X.


And Ackerman / CNET

Given the limited offer of the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. and S video game consoles, sold out quickly whenever a retailer gets new stocks. Walmart announced plans on Tuesday to ensure that its stock reaches the hands of real customers instead of robots.

Walmart says it has built and optimized its bot detection tools to get most of the consoles available in the hands of legitimate consumers. The ad notes that robots can order multiple units in the time it takes for one person to command a single one. Walmart software will try to stop these automated programs and will cancel any commands it finds made by robots that have gone through the initial detection layer.

“A precautionary measure that we implemented a few hours before the PlayStation 5 event on November 25 blocked more than 20 million bot attempts in the first 30 minutes alone,” said Jerry Geisler, head of security. Walmart information.

Its plan will be tested soon, as the retailer giant is ready to sell it next batch of consoles at noon PT (15:00 ET) on Thursday.

update: Anecdotal evidence suggests that robots continued to make it difficult for consumers to get their hands on a console during this latest sale, and the PS5 sold out in seconds. I contacted Walmart for comments.

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