The new PS5 console launched this week and here’s how to grab one from Amazon, Target, GameStop or Best Buy.
Sony’s long-awaited PlayStation 5 went on sale this week on Thursday and sold out fast. Trying to nab a console or digital edition has been causing gamers and parents stress as they try to ensure they’ll have the next-gen console in hand for the holiday season.
While nothing is promised, here’s a bit of help on how to buy a PS5.
There are two versions of the PS5. There is a $400 digital-only model and a $500 console version. The only difference between the two is that the console edition includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive to allow for PS5 Blu-ray disc games and PS4 Blu-ray disc games, and video from 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and standard Blu-rays and DVDs.
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How to buy a PS5
On Thursday launch day, sales were online only. There’s a queue on Playstation.com that opens up periodically and more stock is promised today. This allows you to line up to buy a PS5 directly from Sony. The queue can take an hour or more, so it’s ideal to log in with your PlayStation ID and keep that site open while you look for the PS5 on other retail websites. On Friday, the queue opened up around 4:30 pm ET, and the stock sold out at 6:30 pm ET, so be patient and stay in line if you’re lucky enough to nab a spot. Just make sure you have a PlayStation Plus membership for free express shipping.
GameStop announced on Twitter that it had “a very limited number of PS5 console bundles for purchase” the night before the consoles officially went on sale. There are launch day bundles for $800 on GameStop that have seemingly sold out, but might refresh again. They include the $500 console, a PS5 Sony DualSense Wireless Controller, a one-year PlayStation Plus membership, the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition for PS5 and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition.
Walmart announced on Twitter that it would have the PS5 available for purchase four different times on launch day. But each time new stock was released, it sold out within minutes and the site froze up for many people trying to purchase the devices, even if they were lucky enough to drop one into their cart. The retailer hasn’t announced if it will restock.
Best Buy is releasing units periodically, so refresh, refresh, refresh to try to nab a console. There were more units at Best Buy appearing on Thursday, so there’s a chance more will appear. Friday didn’t seem to be a day for more units on the site. Hopefully the weekend will be different.
Target had stock appear regionally on Thursday, so it’s worth a refresh to see if units are in your area. Amazon didn’t have a big drop of stock at any point on launch day or on Friday, so keep refreshing to see if you can grab one this weekend.
Costco also offered a console bundle for members, but it sold out by lunchtime on Thursday. However, it still appears on the site, but with a gray “sold out” banner. Usually this means an item will be restocked. If Costco intends to remove an item completely, it can’t be seen on the site.
Here are the links to use to find that elusive PS5 for your own gaming or holiday gifting needs:
Black Friday opportunities to score a PS5
Black Friday is coming up on Nov. 27, and that will give additional opportunities to score a PS5. Best Buy has released its Black Friday ad, and it shows that the PS5 console will be available for online sales only that day. Gamestop is also offering the PS5 on Black Friday, but it will only be sold in person, and there will be a minimum of two PlayStation 5 consoles per store that day, according to the retailer’s Black Friday ad.
Accessories for the PS5
There’s also a host of new accessories for the PS5. Sony has developed a new DualSense Wireless Controller in black and white to match the color scheme of the PS5. There’s also a PULSE 3D Wireless Headset, a DualSense Charging Station, an HD Camera and a Media Remote. They’re already on sale and available at retailers nationwide.
Specs and details about the PS5
Sony released more details about the PS5 in a blog. The PS5 also launched in Canada this week and the price is $629.99 CDN for the console and $499 CDN for the digital edition.
On Nov. 19, the PS5 console and digital edition will launch in the UK, for £449.99 for the console and £359.99 for the digital version. The European launch is the same day, and the price is €499.99 for the PS5 console and €399.99 for the digital edition.
As for dimensions, the PS5 console is approximately 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth), excluding the base, and weighs approximately 4.5kg. The PS5 Digital Edition console is approximately 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth), and weighs approximately 3.9kg.
The PS5 has an expansion port that will allow players to add M.2 SSD storage for installing and playing PS5 games. This feature will be available in future, but not at launch. It will be part of a system software update. The PS5 will allow for connection of a compatible USB drive for storing and playing PS4 games that will remain stored on the external device.
This article is being updated periodically with the latest information.