PlayStation 5: Here’s Where to Buy a PS5 at Launch

We’ve been waiting on for what feels like forever, but the big day is nearly here: The PS5 launches Thursday, November 12. Demand for the next-gen PlayStation far outpaces supply, which means many hopeful fans have been unable to secure a PS5 preorder. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: there’s still a chance you can purchase a PS5 at launch. If you’re wondering where to buy a PS5, we have you covered below.While the initial wave of preorders sold out quickly, Sony has confirmed it will make more units available on launch day. For those in North America, that day is November 12; most PS5 fans in Europe will have to wait for November 19. Below, we’ve included all the information you’ll need to have the best shot at securing a PS5 at launch. As new information becomes available about stock, we’ll continue to update this article. And be sure to follow @IGNDeals on Twitter for the most up-to-the-second buy links the moment more PS5s become available to purchase.

PS5 Buying Guide

Sony has announced PS5 won’t be sold in physical stores on launch day, with online orders available only. Revealed on PlayStation.Blog, Sony made this decision “in the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19.” So what online retailers should you be keeping an eye on at launch?

Walmart – It has become one of the first to indicate that it will be carrying PS5 consoles on launch day. The landing page currently indicates that new waves of stock will be released at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, and 6 PM PT on November 12.

Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop all previously had considerable preorder stock, and all have a strong chance of having day one stock online. We’ll update this list as more information is revealed from various other retailers. In the meantime, if you want to manually check to see if the console is in stock anywhere, here are the links for where you’ll find it.

Where to Buy a PS5

Advice for Getting a PS5

Be Logged Into Retailer Websites

When an online retailer gets PS5 in stock, it seems like everyone on the planet is scrambling to lock in their order. Retailer websites often become ultra-buggy thanks to all the stress on their servers. Your best bet for getting a PS5 when orders become available is to already be logged into your account, and to have your credit card information saved there. That way you won’t waste precious seconds entering your credit card number, billing address, etc. while everyone around you is successfully checking out.

Follow IGN Deals on Twitter for PS5 Stock Updates

For the most up-to-the-second information about where you can find PS5 in stock at any given time, you’ll want to follow IGN Deals on Twitter. Since the stock of the new console is likely to sell out within a matter of minutes after it goes live, your best bet is to follow our deals team on Twitter, where we’ll post links as soon as they go live.

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PS5 Preorder Before Launch Day

Is the PS5 available to preorder at the moment? No, and we don’t anticipate that the console will be before launch day. With the launch just around the corner, it would be highly irregular for the console to hit a preorder status again.

More PS5 Consoles May Be Available for Black Friday

Best Buy’s latest Black Friday ad, has indicated that the retailer will have “limited quantities” of the PS5 available online only on Black Friday, which falls on November 27 this year. Other retailers may also follow suit and open up more stock of PS5 on Black Friday or during the lead-up to the sale event.

How Much Does a PS5 Cost?

PS5 costs $499.99, while the digital-only edition will cost $399.99.

When Does the PS5 Come Out?

PS5 is launching on November 12 for North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, and on November 19, 2020 for the rest of the world.

Is PS5 Backwards Compatible?

Yes, you can play the vast majority of your PS4 games on PS5. You can’t, however, play your PS5 games on your PS4. It seems like a silly thing to clarify, but considering Xbox games are currently cross-generation, it’s worth mentioning.

Where to find PS5 Games

Most triple-A PS5 launch window games are now thankfully up for preorder from most retailers, including Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Also, just a reminder that some PS4 games will get a PS5 upgrade for free, and also cost a little less right now. Find out every PS4 to PS5 free upgrade in our dedicated article.

Where to Find PS5 Controllers and Accessory Preorders

PS5 DualSense controllers are available for preorder for $69.99 from almost every major retailer, in signature white. Other accessories are still limited online, but you might have some luck if you visit some physical stores before launch. In addition to extra controllers, Sony is selling the PS5 Pulse 3D headset, which puts out 3D sound, giving you an idea of where in the game world noises are coming from. Read our Sony Pulse 3D headset review for more info on that.

DualSense PS5 Controller
PS5 HD Camera
PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

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PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

Going in and out of stock.

PS5 DualSense Controller Charging Station

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PS5 DualSense Controller Charging Station

Going in and out of stock.

PS5 Media Remote

Robert Anderson is a deals expert for IGN, he’s both excited and terrified at the prospect of Black Friday. Be nice and ask him how his day is going @robertliam21

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