October 8, 2020 | technology | No Comments
Now that we know the launch date and price points of the PlayStation 5, the long, tense search for a preorder has begun. Launching November 12 at $500 for the standard console and $400 for the digital edition, the PS5 went up for preorder right after the recent PS5 event, and since then, stock has sold out at all major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, and Target.
GameStop had a second wave of PS5 preorders available to preorder on September 25, both online and in stores. Once again, the retailer had a virtual queue. Multiple GameSpot staff members waited in the queue for more than an hour without any success, so online preorders apparently sold out very quickly once again. GameStop issued an update on Twitter confirming that PS5 stock sold out once again. This included a starter bundle that came with Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate edition, PS Plus, an extra controller for $770.
We’re tracking console availability below, and further down, you’ll find links for where to buy the official PS5 accessories and the biggest PS5 games.
Quick look: Where to preorder a PS5
As of our last update, PS5 preorders are sold out at all major retailers.
Which retailers will charge you upfront?
You should know that retailers handle preorders differently when it comes to charging your credit card or PayPal. Amazon doesn’t charge your card until the product ships, while GameStop waits until five days before shipment. Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Sam’s Club will place an authorization hold on your credit card. Though your card won’t actually be charged until the PS5 ships, it’s possible you’ll see a pending charge that will disappear and then come back until release. These authorization holds can affect your available credit.
PS5 accessories in stock:
The Pulse 3D wireless headset is the first PS5 accessory to sell out at all major retailers, and the media remote and DualSense charging station are proving popular as well–both are currently only available at PlayStation Direct. Check out where you can snag all the PS5 accessories currently in stock below, and don’t wait too long if you’re considering buying–we expect it’ll all sell out eventually.
PS5 games up for preorder:
Quite a few PS5 games are up for preorder now, including launch titles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls. Check out some of the biggest PS5 games available to preorder below. Keep in mind that many PS4 games come with free next-gen upgrades and are currently discounted, making them the better deal.
OUT OF STOCK:
PS5 console preorders have sold out at all major retailers. Sony has offered an apology for the chaotic PS5 preorder situation and said more will be available in the next few days. There will also be more chances to get one through the remainder of the year.
See more PS5 preorder pages: PlayStation Direct | Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | Walmart | Target
Invite-only PS5 preorders at PlayStation Direct
The surprise PS5 preorder date comes weeks after Sony opened preorder registration on its own website, saying it would be offering preorder reservations on a first-come, first-served basis from “existing customers.” According to the PS5 preorder FAQ page, the selection would be “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities,” and those who register would know if they’re selected if they are contacted by email. Registration has now been closed, and those who were contacted were able to preorder a PS5 via PlayStation Direct starting September 18.
GameStop payment plans and trade-ins
GameStop is also offering a few different payment plans for the console, which include using a GameStop Credit Card or a “rent-to-own” payment plan. You can also trade in your old consoles for varying amounts of credit and apply that toward a new console. You can visit GameStop’s trade-in page to find out how much your console is worth in trade-in value.
PS5 games, backward-compatibility, and more
The PS5 is just a few months away, and things look much clearer than they did a week ago. In addition to launch games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls, the PS5 will be compatible with a large number of PS4 games through backward compatibility. It’s still not clear what the full compatibility list is, but thanks to the announcement of the Plus Collection, we know a bit more. An added benefit for PlayStation Plus, the Plus Collection gives all subscribers access to some of the PS4’s best games, including God of War, Bloodborne, and Monster Hunter: World. These games will be the PS4 versions and haven’t been confirmed to receive any kind of enhancements.
As far as a complete list goes, however, it’s still unclear. The reason for incompatibility was explained by system architect Mark Cerny, who said, “The boost is truly massive this time around and some game code just can’t handle it.” This means every PS4 game has to be tested to ensure its compatibility.
Other games the PlayStation 5 will see at launch include Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Destruction All Stars, and Astro’s Playroom. PS5 owners will also be able to expect a number of other games in the coming months and years, including Horizon Forbidden West, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as well as third-party titles like Resident Evil 8: Village and Hitman III. During the recent PS5 showcase event, Sony also revealed a new God of War and Final Fantasy XVI, both of which will arrive on PS5 next year.
The PS5’s specs are old news at this point, but it’s safe to say we saw some exciting uses of the custom 825GB SSD during the PS5 event. Fast load times in Demon’s Souls were the big highlight, though the custom SSD will also ensure fast open-world streaming and faster install times.
Additionally, the console supports ray tracing, 3D audio, and PlayStation VR as well as 4K UHD Blu-ray discs thanks to its compatible disc drive–of course, the PS5’s Digital edition won’t support physical discs. Sony has stated the PS5 is powerful enough to support 4K resolution at a 120Hz refresh rate and 8K resolution content, the latter of which likely won’t be used widely in games for a while. This is all powered by HDMI 2.1 technology, which not all games support. However, any HD or 4K TV you have at home will still be able to display and run your PS5 and its games.
PS5 Launch Date, Price, & Games – Everything You Need To Know In Under 3 Minutes
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Perhaps the most notable feature of the PS5 is its DualSense controller, which promises to deliver a more immersive gaming experience than the DualShock 4. The DualSense intends to do that with new haptic feedback technology as well as adaptive triggers that developers can program to function in different ways. Some developers have explained how they’re using the DualSense’s unique features–Deathloop director Dinga Bakaba said they block the triggers if your gun jams.
As for last-gen and third-party accessories, not everything will work with the PS5. The DualShock 4 will work with PS4 games, but you’ll need a DualSense if you want to play anything specific to the PS5. See the full list of official PS5 accessories and their prices, including international pricing.