Ok, Sony just released some pretty epic PS5 news. PS5 pre-orders will go online today. Some stores already have them and we have links for you below.
Sorry, should have warned you a bit, hope you didn’t fall off your chair so badly. Calm down a bit as details of the start times for different countries are still known, but we’ll update this page as soon as we know. In fact, this is exactly the page we list where you can pre-order a PS5 from the most reliable retailers, along with links straight to them. Our team of deal hunters have been dealing with console launches for years so you are in good hands.
We now also know all about the official PS5 price. The PS5 costs $ 499.99 in the US and £ 449.99 in the UK. The PS5 Digital Edition (no drive here) costs $ 399.99 in the US and $ 359.99 in the UK. The PS5 will be released on November 1
Here are the latest live PS5 pre-orders you can currently get in the US and UK.
US PS5 pre-orders
PS5 | At best $ 499.99 to buy
The massive US retailer will be one of the best places to get a PS5, and its pre-orders will be launched before Amazon. Order it for home delivery or pick it up at Nobemer 12.
PS5 Digital Edition | $ 399.99 at Best Buy
A $ 100 savings on Sony’s PS5 Digital Edition is a nice savings. To be very clear, you cannot play physical games or 4K Blu-Rays players as this only applies to digital games. Otherwise, you get the same high performance spec as the other PS5
UK PS5 pre-orders
PS5 | £ 449.99 at Very
Well, we certainly didn’t expect Very to be the first in the UK, but here we are! Some buyers have reported struggling to get the PS5 into their cart, but we imagine the site is slamming pretty hard right now. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated on other retailers here too.
PS5 Digital Edition | £ 359.99 at Very
If you can only live with buying digital games and don’t need the 4K Blu-ray player, you can save $ 90 on a PS5. This also prevents you from acquiring used games. So think about it carefully.
Sony is actually beating Microsoft for pre-order here, despite Team Green recently announcing both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release dates and confirming that pre-orders for Xbox Series X will go live on September 22nd ahead to get the early money. It’s getting interesting out there, reader.
To be honest, it’s time. We’ve been waiting for PS5 pre-orders for months, and we suspect Sony was playing a game of chicken with Microsoft. With the price of the Xbox Series X and the budget price of the Xbox Series S in the wild right now, Sony has decided to move on.
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PS5 pre-orders – can I register interest?
Some retailers allow you to register interest by throwing your email address in their mailing list hats. However, we recommend bookmarking this page here as we are rounding up the best options from a number of retailers and avoiding all of those overpriced options with a range of non-discounted products that usually fill our inboxes at many retailers.
It is good to know in advance which retailers are most likely to get PS5 pre-orders to launch and which ones will suit you best. Here are our highlights from popular US and UK retailers.
US retailer for PS5 pre-orders
The gigantic online retailer will arguably be the largest retailer of the PS5 with the most units for sale, which may make it difficult to find one there if you leave too late. Amazon Prime members will happily shop from here given the fast delivery options on offer.
The retail behemoth will have you covered if it is your store of choice. You can either collect it from the store or order it at home. This is a great option to get your new console right out of the box. There is no way Walmart is going to miss a trick on PS5 pre-orders, so obviously be sure to watch out for when it all starts.
Like Walmart, Best Buy will have an in-store pickup option, which could be a better option for many buyers. Best Buy was one of the better warehouse console retailers during the pandemic when other stores have run out of stock in months. So it is certainly one thing to watch out for pre-orders for PS5.
A tough question given the once powerful retailer has spent the past few years on the ropes. With further Covid-19 outbreaks, PS5 pre-orders in the store could remain pending if the store cannot be physically opened. If you buy a PS5 from GameStop but the console has a bug within the warranty period, we fear that the company may not be in business to fix the bug. We’d imagine you could send it to Sony instead, but it’ll be a hassle that buying elsewhere can easily be avoided.
UK retailers for PS5 pre-orders
As in many other countries around the world, Amazon will be a popular choice for PS5 pre-orders in the UK. That popularity will also mean everyone will shop there, so it’s good to have other options. Fortunately, the UK has managed to maintain a competitive diversity of console retailers. Let’s see who else is worth a scream.
Curry’s PC world
The popular electronics retailer has a great online and high street / retail park presence so you have plenty of options. Currys has managed to find more console inventory than most retailers in the past few months during the pandemic. So we think this is a solid reputation for some PS5 pre-orders, maybe even with some bundle promotions, given that it’s very competitive.
It’s very likely that PS5 pre-order prices will be the same at most retailers at launch. Therefore, it is worth looking for a small advantage. And John Lewis has one that is nowhere near enough and that is the free two-year warranty on his electronics that we assume will be included on the PS5 (as stated once online in the listing). Other retailers usually charge a lot of money to go beyond the usual 12 month warranty. So we think this is a big deal.
As we mentioned earlier at GameStop in the US, Game is a retailer that hangs by the skin of its teeth. While you can find PS5 pre-orders here both online and in-store, the double risk of further bans affecting your in-store pickup and potentially disappearing in the next year is of concern if your PS5 breaks down, we think Ordering elsewhere would be wise.
PS5 pre-orders – how much do they cost?
This is the big question … and for now all we can say is “insert educated guessing here”. We just don’t know.
Decent estimates vary widely. There are solid arguments in favor of a premium console from, say, $ 600-700, considering how revolutionary the brand new technology is in the PS5. There was also rationale behind a lower price where Sony would even sell any device with a loss a la PS4 of around $ 400 / £ 400 / AU $ 549.
In reality, however, we expect the PS5 to cost around $ 499. And the digital version is said to be around $ 50 / £ 50 less. Of course, Microsoft has a small advantage for budget buyers as the Xbox Series S only costs $ 299, but of course falls far short of the full strength of the Xbox Series X and PS5.
Same goes for games. On the one hand, we’ve heard how expensive next-generation games will be ($ 70), but we’ve also received confirmation that Ubisoft’s 2020 games for PS5 and Xbox Series X will cost the same as current generation consoles ($ 60).
PS5 Pre-Orders – Bundle Deals
Let’s face it, any pre-order or purchase of a console becomes far more appealing when you find a bundle with a great starting game or one that you really look forward to. PS5 pre-orders won’t be any different and we know then there will be plenty of upcoming PS5 games hit shelves.
Unfortunately, we are not entirely sure which games would be included. However, we have a good idea. We would be on the lookout for consoles that come with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Cyberpunk 2077. Since these are the biggest releases of this fall, it is certain that they will be paired with the console. Likewise, the PS5-exclusive Spider-Man: Miles Morales is another shoe-in. Just don’t expect huge savings. This is rare with starter packs, and it’s much more likely that the cost of a game will simply be added on top of the standard MSRP / MSRP for PlayStation 5.
What about bundles of digital games, especially the PS5 Digital Edition? This seems to be just as important to some extent, as it’s easy to enter codes for games (and it will be absolutely necessary since the console doesn’t have a CD drive). If there are discounts, you can find them here.
Before closing, let’s not forget about the PS5 bundles, which, unlike software, add hardware. We know a number of PS5 accessories will be released at the same time, and there will certainly be a demand for bundles that include the 3D Pulse audio headset or other DualSense PS5 controller.
Keep checking back for more updates. When PS5 pre-orders go online, we’ll be happy to help and point you in the right direction.