PlayStation 5 pre-orders are open, but the situation is a bit of a disaster. When Sony announced pricing details for its next-generation game console on Wednesday—confirming that the standard PS5 would cost $499, while a Digital Edition without a disc drive would cost $399—it officially stated that preorders would begin on Thursday, September 17. The company did not specify when or where these orders would be available, however, merely saying that eager customers could pick the device up at “select retailers.”
The period since has been chaos. Major retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy instead made the console available a few hours after Sony’s game showcase on Wednesday. This naturally led to a rush of gamers flooding these storefronts in order to secure their own machine in time for its November 12 release date, which in turn resulted in broken links, site crashes, and extremely quick stock shortages. GameStop saw enough traffic for its site to trigger some sort of DDoS protection, while Best Buy’s online store was intermittently inaccessible Thursday morning.
Anecdotally, a couple of Ars writers were able to secure orders from Walmart shortly after the retailer set preorders live, but only after several cart refreshes, and only because they acted within the 30 minutes or so that the device was actually available. Amazon, meanwhile, set their preorders live late Wednesday around midnight ET, only for consoles to sell out within a similarly brief timeframe.
All of this has made securing a PlayStation 5 preorder today, the date that was advertised, unlikely. As of this writing, Amazon lists both devices as unavailable, while Target’s listing tells customers that preorders have sold out completely and to check back on the console’s release date. The situation has become reminiscent of the craze around Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic when those devices first became available, despite Sony reps previously telling customers they’d receive ample notice before PS5 availability began.
That said, we can’t say for certain that PS5 stock has completely run dry two months before the device is scheduled to arrive. Demand is always highest in the first days of a new console’s availability, and Sony has been adamant that it is producing millions of units in time for the device’s launch period. So as a service for those who want the new device, we’ve compiled all the PS5 preorder listings we can find. We’ve thrown in links to Sony’s various PS5 accessories and the games confirmed to be available for the console at launch as well, which are currently easier to find in stock.
To be clear, we’re not evaluating whether you should preorder a PS5 in the first place. Console launches tend to be underwhelming in terms of what’s actually available to play, and we’ve yet to test anything that has been advertised. Sony has confirmed marquee games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure will arrive on the existing PlayStation 4, too. And stepping outside of gaming, there have certainly been better economic stretches to drop $400-500 on an entertainment device.
But we realize that many people are already sold on Sony’s next-gen pitch. If that’s you, feel free to bookmark this page in case the console becomes more readily available again.
Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.
Where to preorder the PlayStation 5
Apart from the usual suspects below, we’ll note that Sony itself is expected to sell the console through its PlayStation Direct store, though it’s not available as of this writing, and the initial wave of preorders may be limited to those who were selected by the company as part of the preorder registration program it announced last month. Those are expected to begin on Friday.
Where to preorder PS5 accessories
There are sure to be plenty of third-party headsets, chargers, and controllers designed for the PS5 down the road, but 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, also works with PS4): 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 to preorder PS5 launch games
Below are the games Sony has confirmed to arrive with the PS5 on launch day. Note that a handful will be priced at $70, a $10 hike from the typical going rate for new games and a trend that has been suggested for the past few months.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales ($50, also on PS4): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Ultimate Launch Edition ($70, comes with digital copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy
- Demon’s Souls ($70): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure ($60, also on PS4): Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Destruction AllStars ($70): Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, PlayStation Direct
- Godfall, a fantasy-themed action-RPG from Borderlands publisher Gearbox, is also confirmed to arrive alongside the PS5 on November 12, but preorders for that version are not live as of this writing. A PC edition is up on the Epic Games Store, though.
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, an upgraded version of last year’s hack-and-slasher, will be available on day one as well, according to publisher Capcom. It’ll cost $40 but will only be available digitally to start.
Beyond these titles, Sony says that Astro’s Playroom, a 3D platformer and follow-up 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, meanwhile, will get access to the “PlayStation Plus Collection,” a catalog of popular PS4 games that will be playable on the PS5 at no added cost. Included in that 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, Infamous: 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 launching in 2020 have announced next-gen editions, but most do not have confirmed PS5 release dates just yet. Activision says the PS5 version of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will arrive on November 13, while Epic Games says Fortnite will be available at launch. A next-gen upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077, which will launch on existing consoles in November, isn’t scheduled until 2021, according to CD Projekt Red. The likes of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Marvel’s Avengers, and NBA 2K21, among 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, though, and PlayStation boss Jim Ryan says the system will be “99 percent” backward compatible with PS4 games.