PS5 pre-orders saw a second round this week, with retailers GameStop, Very, Currys and Game offering up new console on Friday. After the initial launch saw PS5 pre-orders snapped up in minutes, Sony issued an apology and advised customers to keep in touch with their favorite retailers, because more would be on their way.
We certainly saw that second flurry we were hoping for this week, so over the weekend it’s worth keeping an eye on those retailers below. Keep checking their PS5 pre-order pages (you never know if you might land lucky), sign up for email notifications, and keep an eye on Twitter as well.
We expect more retailers to open their books again shortly, which means you’ll want to gear up for another round of PlayStation 5 pre-order madness this weekend or next week, and we’re showing you all the best places to head to when those units to come available.
During the first wave, PS5 sold out within minutes – seconds even when Walmart replenished both the standard PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition. Customers didn’t even have time to check out, as the store’s website crashed.
Don’t let that happen to you. It may be your only chance to buy a PS5 in 2020, as some stores, like those in Australia, are tacking PS5 pre-orders for 2021. Yes, it’s becoming that much of an issue ahead of the November 12 launch date.
PS5 pre-order deals: quick links
- Amazon: pre-orders live previously – stay tuned
- Walmart: pre-orders turn on and off – refresh daily or hourly
- Best Buy: pre-orders live previously – more on the way
- GameStop: out of stock online – pre-order in store
- Sam’s Club: pre-orders live previously – more on the way
- Very: pre-orders previously live – now out of stock
- Currys: PS5 Digital Edition pre-orders previously live
- Box: pre-orders previously live – more coming soon
- Amazon: pre-orders live previously – awaiting stock
- Argos: pre-orders live – awaiting stock
- AO: pre-orders live previously – awaiting stock
- Ebuyer: pre-orders live previously – more stock coming soon
- John Lewis: PS5 pre-orders previously live – page now gone
- Game: pre-orders previously live
The latest: PS5 pre-orders at Walmart and Very
PS5 pre-orders have most recently been available at Walmart in the US and Very in the UK. While both retailers are now showing as out of stock, we wouldn’t sleep on that F5 button.
Very: PS5 pre-order for £449 at Very
Very opened its PS5 pre-order gates for a second time, and is the latest retailer to do so. Stock is currently sold out but stay tuned if you’re still searching.
Walmart: PS5 Standard Edition: pre-order at Walmart for $499.99
The standard PS5 is still listed at Walmart, and though it’s currently out of stock we’d recommend checking back frequently because new inventory is still seemingly being added.
Walmart: PS5 Digital Edition: pre-order at Walmart for $399.99
This PS5 is even cheaper upfront, though it lacks the disc drive, so you’ll be downloading straight from the PlayStation Store. Really, it’s the best option if it’s the only option in stock, and while Walmart is currently showing as unavailable we’d keep checking back regularly.
PS5 pre-order deals available now
We’ll list all the latest PS5 pre-order deals below as soon as it’s available. Keep refreshing, though, because we’re going to see inventory come and go from retailers constantly due to skyrocketing demand over the next week.
PS5 pre-orders were available from a range of retailers at launch, but with the overwhelming response to Sony’s next-gen console many are now out of stock at time of writing.
You’ll want to stick around if you’re unlucky here, because we’ve seen retailers replenish their inventory over the course of launch day and we’re likely to see more units hit the market in the coming days. That means all is not lost, but with stock shifting almost minute to minute, you’ll need to keep refreshing these feeds if nothing is available at first glance.
More PS5 pre-orders may be available from a select range of retailers this week, and we’re running through which ones to head to first, and which ones are offering game and accessory pre-orders as well, further down the page.
However, we’ll be sending out all the best PS5 prices and pre-orders as they become available to those who sign up below. That will save you from scouring each retailer individually when time is of the essence on the big day.
PS5 pre-orders: where to pre-order the PS5
PS5 pre-orders have been available since September 17, but stock has been rolling in and out since those early hours of the morning. We’re rounding up all the retailers to head to first, as well as their latest stock updates just below.
PS5 pre-orders are proving to be a competitive affair, with retailers selling out quickly over the launch window. While we’re expecting more stock to follow, you’ll want to be quick of the mark when you do spot an offer in stock, then, and keep refreshing until you do.
You won’t be waiting too long to get your hands on your new console, though, with the PS5 stepping out of the shadows and onto the shelves on November 12 for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and North Korea, and November 19 for the rest of the world.
PS5 pre-orders in the US
PS5 pre-orders at Amazon
Amazon has the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition listed on its pre-order page today, but stock is still unavailable. Still, this is likely to be a situation where the refresh button is your friend, so stay tuned for more movement but be quick – this is going to sell out fast.
PS5 pre-orders at GameStop
GameStop was one of the first US retailers to shift PS5 pre-orders at launch yesterday. We’ve seen higher value bundles dropping back into stock since then, with PS5 pre-orders including all the accessories available for a fair price. These are currently out of stock, but stay tuned for more.
PS5 pre-orders at Walmart
Don’t let the red text fool you – Walmart has been rolling its stock of PS5 pre-orders for a while now. While there’s no telling if they really mean it this time, however, the product listings here are still out of stock.
DualSense controller pre-order: $69.99 at Amazon
Caught up in the panic of completing your PS5 pre-order and forgot to add an extra controller to the mix? Amazon has you covered with plentiful stock of the DualSense controller available on the site.
PS5 HD camera: $59.99 at Amazon
If you’re looking to use your PlayStation VR headset with your brand new PS5 you’ll want to pick up the HD camera accessory straight away. Thankfully, Amazon is one of the few retailers with this particular peripheral still in stock as part of its PS5 pre-orders.
PS5 game pre-orders: in stock at Best Buy
Not only can you grab pre-orders of DualSense controllers and other accessories at Best Buy, but there’s a massive range of games available for pre-order here as well. Grab Demon’s Souls, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Spider-Man Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure among many others.
PS5 pre-orders in the UK
PS5 pre-orders at Amazon
Amazon’s PS5 pre-orders remain quiet in the UK this week, though with other retailers launching their own second waves it can’t be too long before the giant makes its move. We’d keep this page open throughout the day if you’re still on the hunt, and don’t forget F5.
PS5 pre-orders at Very
Very’s PS5 pre-order stock was one of the best holding over the course of the launch window, so we’d stay tuned for more stock here – you might have a slightly easier time of securing yourself an early order.
PS5 pre-orders at Ebuyer
Ebuyer is also listing PS5 pre-orders as returning soon, and it’s another retailer where stock held surprisingly well over launch day. We’d keep this tab open, then, to be one of the first to have at the next wave.
PS5 pre-orders at Argos
PS5 pre-orders were live throughout the launch window at Argos, but with regionalised stock things were even more competitive. You might get lucky on a second wave here, however.
DualSense controller pre-order: £59.99 at Amazon
Amazon is offering DualSense controllers for pre-order as well as the main event right now. That means you can grab an extra gamepad straight off the bat and get everyone involved from day one.
PS5 games for pre-order at Game
You’ll need something to play once you get your hands on the next-gen console, and while PS5 pre-order bundles may be a pipe dream you can still order your launch titles ready for the big day as well. Game has the biggest repertoire of UK retailers right now, with everything from Demon’s Souls to Sackboy: A Big Adventure available.
PS5 pre-orders in Australia
Pre-orders have officially opened Down Under, with retailers such as EB Games and JB Hi-Fi already taking orders for both PS5 consoles. You can check out the latest for early orders below, but take note – pre-orders are strictly one per customer, and some retailers require larger deposits than others.
Sony Australia (OUT OF STOCK)
While Australia’s major gaming retailers have already exhausted their pre-order allocations, Sony Australia’s online store has only just opened its pre-orders, which is a much better option than waiting until 2021. Sony Australia is offering free shipping on the standard PS5 console and the PS5 Digital Edition, which is limit one per customer. View Deal
Amazon AU (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
Amazon’s PS5 pre-order page is now up on the Amazon Australia store, with the chance to save an extra AU$50 off the full ticket price of AU$749 for the standard PS5 console. Interestingly, Amazon AU will only offer the PS5 Digital Edition (AU$599) once the standard PS5 allocation is gone. Also worth noting, you get AU$50 off when you pay with Zip. On top of this, Prime Members get a AU$30 promotional credit for a future eligible order when they pre-order a PS5 console.
JB Hi-Fi (PRE-ORDERS SUSPENDED)
Unlike EB Games, which requires a hefty deposit, JB Hi-Fi is only asking for a AU$50 deposit in order to secure a PS5 console pre-order, which will be a more reasonable option for many. That said, You can’t trade your old PS4 Pro console in at JB, so you’ll have to pay the full ticket price of AU$749 for the standard PS5 console, or AU$599 for the PS5 Digital Edition.
EB Games (NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR 2021)
Aussies can now pre-order the standard PS5 console (AU$749) or the PS5 Digital Edition (AU$599) from EB Games, with a limit of one console per customer. The retailer requires a AU$200 deposit, which is quite hefty compared to other Aussie retailers, however you have the option of bringing the price down to AU$449 for the standard console and AU$349 for the Digital Edition when you trade in your PS4 Pro. Be warned, EB’s current pre-order allocation is set for 2021 delivery.
PS5 price: key facts
- PS5 price: $499 / £449 / AU$749.95
- PS5 pre-order date: September 17 at select retailers
- Which PS5 bundle deals can we expect: Likely launch bundles include Call of Duty and FIFA 21
PS5 price: how much does the PS5 cost?
Sony has revealed the PS5 price to be $499 (£449 / AU$749.95). That puts it squarely at many price predictions in the run-up to the showcase event. What many were still unsure of, however, was the PS5 Digital Edition price. That PS5 price comes in at the same cost as the Xbox Series X price. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to many, seeing as it’s difficult to imagine the PS5 price exceeding $500 when it’s up against the affordable spread put out by Microsoft.
However, the cheaper PS5 Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95, which does flag some concerns considering the Xbox Series S‘s $299 price tag. However, Sony has always been quick to point to its prioritization of value over price, so if you’re looking for those heavy-hitting PS5 exclusives it might be worth shelling out for the more expensive console. Plus, we now know that the PS5 Digital Edition will run the same specs as the fully-fledged console, further cementing its position in the market as a high value for money option.
That means bargain hunters can still experience everything the PS5 has to offer while foregoing the opportunity to play physical PS4 and PS5 games or save cash by buying in the second-hand market. It’s an excellent proposition that will certainly capture those going for sheer value for money at launch.
Not only that, but Sony also announced the PlayStation Plus Collection, a gathering of PS4’s golden exclusives included in the PS Plus price moving forwards. So, if you are edging towards that cheaper PS5 price there’s less of a worry of making your physical PS4 collection redundant.
PS5 Digital Edition price: how much will the cheaper console cost?
The PS5 Digital Edition price comes in at $399 (£359.99 / AU$599.95), $100 more expensive than Microsoft’s own offering but we are talking about the full power of the PS5 here. That means Sony’s $100 discount is actually getting you a lot further than Microsoft’s $200 saving. Whether this is enough to sway the budget market towards Sony, however, remains to be seen.
The PS5 Digital Edition price, then, comes in at a similar position to the PS4 Pro now, which makes sense if you’re looking to get into the Sony ecosystem for the first time here. However, if you’re looking to make use of the PS5’s backwards compatibility, you will have to factor in the cost of rebuying your physical PS4 games. If you’ve already amassed a collection, then, it’s worth picking up the full console and taking advantage of Sony’s PS5 upgrade system.
However, Sony also announced a new perk for PS Plus members in its latest PlayStation Showcase. PS5 owners will be able to download and play a massive selection of PS4 exclusive titles with full PS5 upgrades from launch, from Uncharted 4 to The Last of Us Remastered, Ratchet and Clank to Bloodborne and God of War. So, if you’re a PS Plus subscriber you’ll be able to play all those golden oldies with your membership anyway.
Is a PS5 pre-order deal worth it?
With the size of Sony’s supply being the centre of many online rumors, it’s difficult to know whether a PS5 pre-order is necessary to securing your console for November 12. Certainly so far, we’ve seen PS5 pre-orders selling out blindingly fast, so if early indication is anything to go by this is a particularly popular console.
Previous reports that Sony is stockpiling ahead of a busy PS5 launch suggested parting with your cash before release might not be as crucial to netting yourself a console this year, however that came before Sony’s own PlayStation-first pre-ordering system. Such a selective approach does seem to indicate that the PS5 will be limited at launch, but Sony has also previously announced an increase in manufacturing to meet expected demand.
While that may alleviate some of the pressure from those early PS5 pre-orders, however, there’s no telling what availability will be like on launch day for those who don’t get their early order in. The numbers look set to satisfy even pandemic-level demand, however, so if you’re struggling to find the deposit for a new console right now, all might not be lost.
If you’re concerned about being late to the party and you’ve already saved the cash in preparation, however, a PS5 pre-order is definitely worth it for peace of mind.
PS5 price: compared to the PS4
When the PS4 released in 2013, PlayStation held the price announcement until the Xbox One had taken the leap first. Once the Xbox One was set at $499 / £429 with a Kinect included in every package, Sony only had to cut the PlayStation Camera from its PS4 bundles to swoop in with a $100 cheaper price tag.
It’s for this competitive reason that Sony was likely holding off on its PS5 price reveal, waiting for Xbox to make the first move again or simply making sure Microsoft doesn’t return the favor in 2020.
So how does the PS5 price compare to that of its predecessors? The PS4 launched for $399 / £350 / AU$599, while the PS3 launched for an astonishing $599 / £425. It was always unlikely we’d see prices reach that high in the US again, though Sony is definitely pitching above the cost of the current-gen console.
PS5 price: how much will PS5 games cost?
Back in July, 2K Games announced that NBA 2K21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X will cost $10 more than its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, meaning that the standard version of the game on next-gen consoles will be an eye-watering $70 (or £60). While this seems like a huge price hike from the company, it looks like other game publishers are also considering raising their next-gen prices, meaning some PS5 games could cost you $70.
2K Games was the first publisher to commit to next-gen game pricing, with Activision following suit in pricing Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War‘s PS5 edition also at $70. But, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, research company IDG revealed that even more publishers are considering raising the base price of PS5 and Xbox Series X games to $70 – a $10 increase over current game pricing.
“The last time that next-gen launch software pricing went up was in 2005 and 2006, when it went from $49.99 to $59.99 at the start of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation,” IDG President and CEO Yoshio Osaki told GamesIndustry.biz. “During that time, the costs and prices in other affiliated verticals have gone up.”
As Osaki explains, the cost of producing games for next-gen consoles has increased by between 200% and 300%. In terms of sustainability, a price hike (while difficult for consumers to digest) makes sense from a business point of view. The price of games cannot remain the same when developing these games is more costly than ever before – that’s inflation for you.
“Even with the increase to $69.99 for next-gen, that price increase from 2005 to 2020 next-gen is only up 17%, far lower than the other comparisons,” Osaki says. “While the cost of development and publishing have gone up, and pricing in other entertainment verticals has also gone up substantially, next-gen software pricing has not reflected these increases. $59.99 to $69.99 does not even cover these other cost increases completely, but does move it more in the proper direction.”
According to Osaki, the consensus among the major publishers IDG works with is that the consumer cost of games needs to increase.
We don’t expect this price hike to affect all PS5 and Xbox Series X games. Ubisoft has already confirmed that it won’t charge more for next-gen games and 2K Games has since confirmed that this price hike won’t be implemented for all its PS5 and Xbox Series X games. However, Sony has confirmed the price of its Worldwide Studios games will cost from $49.99 (about £39/AU$68) to $69.99 (about £54/AU$96) on PS5, a lean increase on PS4 prices.
PS5 bundle deals: what to expect on day one
We now have more of an idea about what PS5 bundle deals may look like on day one and FIFA 21 and NBA 2K21 look like a solid bets for pre-order bundles.
We’d look to the season regulars for a safe bet as well, with the likes of Call of Duty consistently occupying bundle stock over the holiday season, so expect to see the new Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War to make its way into a few bundles.
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