Enlarge /. To call Sony's PlayStation 5 in demand would be an understatement.
PlayStation 5 pre-orders are open, but the situation is a bit catastrophic. When Sony announced pricing details for its next-generation game console on Wednesday, confirming that the standard PS5 would cost $ 499 while a no-drive digital edition would cost $ 399, the company officially announced that the pre-orders were closed would begin on Thursday, Sept. 17, however, the company didn't specify when or where those orders would be available, merely saying eager customers could pick up the device from "select retailers".
The time since then has been chaos. Large retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy instead made the console available a few hours after Sony's game launch on Wednesday. This of course resulted in many gamers flooding those store fronts in order to secure their own computer in time for the November 12th release date, which in turn resulted in broken links, website crashes, and extremely fast shortages. GameStop saw enough traffic for its website to trigger some kind of DDoS protection, while Best Buy's online store was temporarily inaccessible on Thursday morning.
Anecdotally, some Ars writers were able to secure orders from Walmart soon after the retailer put pre-orders live, but only after several shopping cart updates and only because they acted within about 30 minutes for the device to actually be available . Amazon put its pre-orders live late Wednesday around midnight ET, only to have the consoles sold out within a similarly short period of time.
All of this has made it unlikely that a PlayStation 5 pre-order will be secured today, the date announced. As of this writing, Amazon is listing both devices as unavailable, while Target's list is telling customers that pre-orders are completely sold out and should recheck the console's release date. The situation is reminiscent of the craze for Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic when these devices first became available, despite Sony staff previously advising customers that they would be given sufficient notice before PS5 became available.
However, we cannot say for sure that the PS5 inventory will be completely dry two months before the device is scheduled to arrive. Demand is always highest in the first few days after a new console is available, and Sony firmly believes that millions of devices will be produced in time for the device to launch. As a service to those who want the new device, we've rounded up all of the PS5 pre-order lists we can find. We've included links to Sony's various PS5 accessories and the games have been confirmed to be available for console at launch too, which are currently easier to find in stock.
To be clear, we're not considering whether you should pre-order a PS5 at all. Console launches tend to be unconvincing in terms of what is actually available to play, and we still have to test everything that has been announced. Sony has confirmed marquee games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West and Sackboy: A Big Adventure on the existing PlayStation 4 as well. And outside of gaming, there were certainly better economic ways to save $ 400-500 on an entertainment device.
However, we find that many people are already sold on Sony's next generation pitch. If you are, you can bookmark this page in case the console becomes more accessible.
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Where can I pre-order the PlayStation 5?
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Aside from the usual suspects listed below, we'll find that Sony itself is likely to sell the console through its PlayStation Direct store, even though it's not available at the moment. The initial wave of pre-orders may be limited to those selected by the company as part of the pre-order registration program announced last month. These are expected to start on Friday.
Where can I pre-order PS5 accessories?
Enlarge /. The entire PS5 hardware library as revealed by Sony.
There are certainly plenty of third-party headsets, chargers, and controllers designed for the PS5. However, if you're interested in Sony's own accessories, you can find them below.
- DualSense Wireless Controller ($ 70): Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Pulse 3D Wireless Headset ($ 100, works with PS4 too): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, PlayStation Direct
- PlayStation 5 HD Camera ($ 60): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, PlayStation Direct
- DualSense charging station ($ 30): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, PlayStation Direct
- PlayStation 5 Media Remote ($ 30): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, PlayStation Direct
Where can I pre-order PS5 launch games?
/. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a major PS5 launch title, although it's also available for the PS4.
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Below are the games that Sony confirmed with the PS5 on launch day. Note that a handful is priced at $ 70, an increase of $ 10 from the typical price of new games and a trend suggested over the past few months.
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales ($ 50, also for PS4): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Ultimate Launch Edition ($ 70, comes with a digital copy of Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
- Demon & # 39; s Souls ($ 70): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Aim, PlayStation Direct
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure ($ 60, also for PS4): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Destruction AllStars ($ 70): Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Aim, PlayStation Direct
- Godfall, a fantasy action RPG from Borderlands publisher Gearbox, is slated to launch alongside the PS5 on November 12, but pre-orders for this version are not yet online at this point. However, a PC edition is available from the Epic Games Store.
- The Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, an updated version of last year's hack-and-slasher, will also be available on day one, according to publisher Capcom. It costs $ 40 but is only available digitally to begin with.
Those titles aside, according to Sony Astro & # 39; s Playroom, a 3D platformer and successor to Ars-approved PlayStation VR title Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, will come pre-installed on the new console.
Those who subscribe to the company's PlayStation Plus online service will have access to the "PlayStation Plus Collection," a catalog of popular PS4 games that can be played on the PS5 at no additional cost. Included in this lineup: God of War, Bloodborne, Monster Hunter: World, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, Mortal Kombat X, Ratchet and Clank, Days Gone, Uncharted 4, Until Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Battlefield 1, Notorious : Second Son, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us Remastered, Persona 5 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Finally, a number of third-party multi-platform games released in 2020 have announced next-generation editions, but most have not yet confirmed the PS5 release dates. Activision says the PS5 version of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will be released on November 13th, while Epic Games says Fortnite will be available at launch. A next-generation upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077, which will be released on existing consoles in November, is not planned until 2021, according to CD Projekt Red. Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Marvel's Avengers, and NBA 2K21, as well as various other 2020 games, don't have exact PS5 release dates today. Many of them should be on the new console before the end of the year, however, and PlayStation boss Jim Ryan says the system will be 99 percent backward compatible with PS4 games.