Update 10/23: A Walmart spokesperson has confirmed that this leak is fake. Original story follows.
Black Friday always arrives sooner than expected, but in the case of this new leak claiming to show some of Walmart's biggest Black Friday 2019 gaming deals it's even earlier than normal. A poster named ThatOneGuyWho on CheapAssGamer claims to have received an early look at Walmart's Black Friday plans from a source they "have faith in." The screenshot shows just the video game console section of Walmart's Black Friday plans, with huge deals on the Nintendo Switch Lite, PS4, and Xbox One.
The most exciting advertised deal has to be the Nintendo Switch Lite, which will apparently be sold at 25% off. It's listed for just $149 each, compared to its standard $199 price. All three colors, Yellow, Turquoise, and Gray, will supposedly be on sale. In addition to the Nintendo Switch Lite, the standard Nintendo Switch will also be on sale. The standard Switch will be 33% off, selling for $199 instead of the standard retail price of $299.
Perhaps to keep the other consoles at a competitive price with the Nintendo Switch Lite, both the standard PS4 1TB Slim and the Xbox One S 1TB will also be selling for just $149. The Xbox One S even comes bundled with Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 2. The final console listed on the leaked advertisement is for the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro, like the other consoles, is steeply discounted at 25% off. It will sell for just $299 instead of its usual $399 price point.
It has to be reiterated that ThatOneGuyWho is unfortunately not a reliable source in this matter. And until further evidence is provided that these are Walmart's planned sales prices for Black Friday, they have to be considered a heavy rumor. The Nintendo Switch Lite launched just a month ago, after all. To have it discounted 25% in less than two months is staggering, considering how rarely Nintendo discounts either its hardware or its software.
Today's leak, if it's even accurate, is certain to be just the first of many in the coming weeks. There are exactly six weeks until 2019's Black Friday and it's certain to be major sales event even among major sales events. With the next generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles confirmed for release in holiday 2020, this is the current generation's last opportunity to capitalize on the biggest day of sales of the year. That's why these Walmart discounts are quite plausible. Retailers are looking to get rid of stock, while making large profits on software sales due to consoles' player bases being at their peak. And gamers will be able to make the most of it.
Stay tuned for more information on Walmart's Black Friday 2019 plans, as well as information about other retailers' sales, in the weeks to come.