Okay, so Sony just dropped some pretty epic PS5 news. PS5 pre-orders will be shown live today. In fact, they have in some stores already and we have links for you below.
Sorry, should have given you a bit of warning, hope you did not fall off your chair too badly. Reassure yourself a little, as details of start times are still coming in for different countries, but we will update this page as soon as we know. In fact, this is the exact page where we will list where you can pre-order a PS5 from the most reliable dealers along with links directly to them. Our team of deal hunters has been covering console launches for years now so you are in good hands.
We now know all about the official PS5 price too. The PS5 costs $ 499.99 in the US and £ 449.99 in the UK. The PS5 Digital Edition (no disk drive here) is set at $ 399.99 in the US and £ 359.99 in the UK. PS5 will be released on November 1
Here are the latest live PS5 pre-orders you can get right now in the US and UK.
US PS5 pre-orders
PS5 | At best, $ 499.99 Buy
The massive US retailer is set to be one of the best places to get a PS5, and it’s launched and it’s pre-ordered in front of Amazon. Order it for delivery at home or pick it up in the store at Nobemer 12.
PS5 Digital Edition | $ 399.99 in best buy
A $ 100 saving on the Sony PS5 Digital Edition is a great saving to make. Just to be clear though, you cannot play physical games or 4K Blu-Rays players as this is for digital games only. Otherwise, however, you get the same powerful spec as the other PS5
UK PS5 pre-order
PS5 | £ 449.99 on Amazon
Some buyers have reported that they are struggling to add PS5 to their basket, but we imagine the site is slamming pretty hard right now. Stick to it, and we’ll keep you updated here about other retailers. See offers
PS5 Digital Edition | £ 359.99 on Amazon
If you can only live with buying digital games and do not need the 4K blu-ray player, you can save £ 90 on a PS5. This also prevents you from downloading used games, so think carefully about this.
Sony is actually beating Microsoft to the pre-order punch here, despite team green announcing both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S release dates recently, confirming that Xbox Series X pre-orders will go live on September 22, Sony has nipped forward to get the early cash. It’s going to be interesting out there, readers.
Honestly, it’s time. We’ve been waiting for PS5 pre-orders for several months and we suspect it was because Sony had played a game of chicken with Microsoft. Because the Xbox Series X award and the budget-friendly Xbox Series S award are out in the wild now, Sony decided to go ahead with it.
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PS5 Pre-Orders – Can I Register Interest?
At some retailers, you can register interest by throwing your email address in their hats on the mailing list. We would recommend bookmarking this page right here as we will round out the best options from a number of retailers and avoid all of these too expensive options with a lot of non-discounted products that typically fill our inboxes from many retailers.
It’s good to know in advance which retailers are most likely to get PS5 pre-ordered stock for launch, and which ones might be the best match for you. Here are our highlights of popular retailers from the US and UK.
US retailers for PS5 pre-orders
The giant online retailer will undoubtedly be the largest retailer of PS5 with the most devices to sell, which can actually make it hard to find one there if you leave it too late. Amazon Prime members would like to buy from here given the fast delivery options on offer.
The retail treatment will get you well covered if it is your chosen store. You can pick up both in the store and order at home, which will be a good opportunity to get your new console immediately. There’s no way Walmart will miss a trick with PS5 pre-orders, so these are obviously the ones to watch out for when it all starts.
Like Walmart, Best Buy has the option of in-store pickup, which may be a better option for many buyers. Best Buy has been one of the better retailers on stock consoles during the pandemic, when other stores have not seen stock for months, so it’s definitely one to look for PS5 pre-orders.
A difficult one, as the once mighty dealer has spent the last few years on the ropes. Any further Covid-19 outbreaks could see PS5 pre-orders in store stuck in limbo if the store cannot be physically opened. If you purchase a PS5 from GameStop, but the console develops an error within the warranty period, we would be concerned that the company may not still be operating to respect it. We imagine you could send it to Sony instead, but it will be a hassle that is easily avoided by buying elsewhere.
UK dealers for PS5 pre-orders
As in many other countries around the world, Amazon will be a popular choice of PS5 pre-orders in the UK. This popularity will also mean that everyone will shop there, so it’s good to have other options. Fortunately, the UK has managed to maintain a competitive range of retailers for consoles. Let’s see who else is worth shouting below.
Currys PC World
The popular electronics retailer has a great presence online and in the high street / retail park, so you have plenty of options. Currys managed to find console inventory more than most retailers in recent months during the pandemic, so we reckon it’s a solid cry for some PS5 pre-orders, maybe even with a package deal too, as it’s very competitive.
It is highly likely that the PS5 pre-order prices will be the same at most retailers at launch, so it’s worth looking for a small edge. And John Lewis has one that is not mentioned nearly enough, and that is the free two-year warranty on its electronic devices, which we assume will be included in the PS5 (i.e. on the list once online). Other retailers usually charge a lot of money to extend beyond the usual 12-month warranty, so we think that’s a big deal.
As we mentioned with GameStop in the USA, Game is a retailer that sticks to the skin of the teeth. While you will be able to find PS5 pre-orders here both online and in-store, the dual threat of additional locking affecting your in-store pickup and the business potentially disappearing over the next year is a concern if your PS5 develops a mistake we think ordering elsewhere would be wise.
PS5 pre-orders – how much do they cost?
This is the big question … and right now the only thing we can say is “insert educated guess here”. We just do not know.
Decent estimates have wildly fluctuated. Solid arguments have been put forward for a first-class console of e.g. 600-700 dollars or pounds considering how revolutionary the brand new technology within the PS5 is. There have been equally logical thoughts thrown around a lower price, one that would even see Sony sell each device at a loss, a la PS4, of around $ 400 / £ 400 / AU $ 549.
In all reality, though, we expect the PS5 to be priced around $ 499 / £ 499. And the digital version is around $ 50 / £ 50 less. Of course, Microsoft has a small advantage for budget customers, as the Xbox Series S only costs $ 299 / £ 249, but will of course be far behind the full strength of both the Xbox Series X and PS5.
The same is true when it comes to games. On the one hand, we’ve heard how next-generation games are getting more expensive ($ 70), but we’ve also been confirmed that Ubisoft’s 2020 games cost the same for PS5 and Xbox Series X as they do for the current generation of consoles ($ 60).
PS5 pre-orders – bundled offers
Let’s face it, any console pre-order or purchase will be made far more attractive if you can find a bundle with a great launch game or one that you are really excited about. PS5 pre-orders will be no different and we know there are plenty of upcoming PS5 games hitting shelves around that time.
Unfortunately, we are not quite sure which games would be included. However, we have a good idea. We’re looking for consoles that come with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla or Cyberpunk 2077. Because they’s the biggest releases of the fall, it’s a sure bet that they’s paired with the console. Similarly, the PS5-exclusive Spider-Man: Miles Morales is another shoe-in. Just do not expect a big saving. It’s rare for launch bundles, and it’s much more likely that a game’s cost will simply be added on top of the standard PlayStation 5 MSRP / RRP.
How about bundles of digital games, especially with the PS5 Digital Edition? It seems just as nailed to some degree as it will be straightforward to throw game codes (plus, it will be absolutely necessary given the console’s missing disk drive). If there are any discounts to get, we bet this is where you will find them.
Let’s not forget PS5 bundles that add hardware as opposed to software before we finish things off. We know there will be a lot of PS5 accessories being released at the same time, and there will definitely be demand for bundles that throw away 3D Pulse audio headsets or another DualSense PS5 controller.
Keep checking back here for more updates. Once PS5 pre-orders go live, we’re ready to help and point you in the right direction.