The PS5 price is finally official and PS5 pre-orders are live – and in some instances, already sold out. Read on for all the details on where you can pre-order a PlayStation 5 and where there's available stock.
The PlayStation 5 looks a tempting treat for gaming and AV enthusiasts alike, what with Sony confirming the console will have a 4K Blu-ray player, 8K video support and 360-degree audio. And now we finally know the PS5 price and pre-order details.
During the 16th September PS5 Showcase event, all was revealed, and the PS5 is cheaper than many were predicting: the disc drive-less PS5 Digital Edition price is £360 (€400, $400, AU$599) and the full-fat PS5 price is £450 (€500, $500, AU$750). The launch date depends on where you live, though.
- PS5 release date: 12th November in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea; 19th November in the UK and rest of the world
- PS5 price: the PS5 Digital Edition price is £360 (€400, $400, AU$599) and the full-fat PS5 with disc drive will cost £450 (€500, $500, AU$7490)
- PS5 pre-orders: going live from Wednesday 16th September
PS5 pre-order quick links
PS5 preorders are opening up across the console's launch territories. Here's a quick rundown of what we've found in the UK, US and Australia.
- JD Williams – pre-orders live, new stock available periodically
- Very.co.uk – pre-orders live, new stock available periodically
- Amazon – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Game – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Smyths Toys – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Currys PC World – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Argos – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Box.co.uk – register your interest
- AO.com – back in stock soon
- Carphonewarehouse – register your interest
- CoolShop – no consoles but plenty of P5 games and accessories
- Amazon – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Best Buy – pre-orders not yet live (online only, not in-store)
- Target – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Walmart – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Gamestop – pre-orders live but currently unavailable
- Amazon AU: both models now sold out
- Sony Store Australia: all gone, register for updates
- JB Hi-Fi: launch allocation sold out
- EB Games: pre-orders sold out
PlayStation 5 price: recent history
After much waiting, Sony finally announced the price and release date of the PS5 during its 16th September showcase. The Japanese giants 40-minute digital event featured "a look at some of the great games coming to the PS5 at launch (and beyond!)."
The real draw, though, was the promise of the price finally being revealed, and Sony didn't disappoint on that front, with the PS5 Digital and PS5 prices, at £360 ($400) and £450 ($490, €499, AU$749.95), coming as a pleasant surprise to those who'd expected the PS5 to be priced much higher than the rival Xbox Series X.
So how does the PS5's price compare to that of its predecessors?
Both the original PlayStation and PS2 launched at £299 ($299) in 1994 and 2000 respectively. The PS3 was quite the step up in 2006, with the entry-level 20GB model starting at £425 ($499) – although that was more or less in line with inflation with regard to the original PlayStation, and there were also the significant hardware upgrades to factor in, not least of all being the Blu-ray optical drive.
Nonetheless, the PS3 was initially criticised partly for its seemingly high price. The 60GB model's $599 price tag took particularly heavy flack. By the arrival of the PS3 Slim in 2009, though, all seemed to have been forgiven.
The bigger public surprise was saved for the 2013 PS4 launch, however, when the PlayStation price dropped down to £350 ($399) and heralded the arrival of one of the best-selling games consoles of all time.
PlayStation 5 price: cheaper Digital Edition
June's PlayStation live event revealed not one but two PS5s - the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition - and that strategy could well prove crucial for the next console generation: Sony can keep at least one model more affordable while still offering a more fully-featured PS5.
Unlike the approach taken by Microsoft with the Xbox Series X and Series S, the full-fat, disc-playing PlayStation 5 and the more affordable, disc-less PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will have performance parity, with the optical drive the only difference between the two.
We predicted that the PS5 Digital Edition would dip below the magic £400 ($400) barrier, while the version with the disc drive might be more like £499 ($499), and Sony has actually trumped our expectations - in the UK at least.
The most telling piece of news we'd had in the run-up to launch was the PlayStation 5 product page leak on Amazon France, spotted by Twitter user Ben Geskin, which stated that the PlayStation 5 would be 500 euros with the PS5 Digital Edition at 400. That turned out to be right on the money (ahem).
Meanwhile, a rumour published by DualShockers on 24th August 2020 suggested that Best Buy's website has the PS5 price pegged at $499 in the US, and that customers would be offered 18-month financing options. We've not seen any financing options appear yet, but that price prediction has turned out to be accurate.
PlayStation 5 release date
So, despite the COVID-19 crisis continuing to create unprecedented global issues, the PS5 is going to hit shops before Christmas 2020. In fact, in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, the PS5 release date is 12th November.
The release date for the rest of the world is 19th November, and the UK is part of this second group. To spell it out, that means that the UK release date of the PS5 is 19th November, a week after that of many other countries.
PlayStation 5 price vs Xbox Series X price
So, how does the PS5 compare to the Xbox Series X on price? Better than many expected, as it happens.
The Xbox Series X and the full-fat PS5 are identically priced, at £449 ($500, AU$749).
Both consoles also have a disc drive-less, cheaper sibling: that's the Xbox Series S and the PS5 Digital Edition. This is where things get really interesting, because the Xbox Series S costs only £250 ($299, AU$499), whereas the PS5 Digital Edition is £360 ($400, AU$599). That's a big step up, but it's worth pointing out that the Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X but the PS5 Digital Edition is identical to the standard PS5 except for the lack of a disc drive. In other words, the PS5 Digital Edition appears to be more of a proper next-gen games console than the Xbox Series S.
PlayStation 5 games price
Since NBA games publisher 2K announced the $70 (£65/AU$100) price for its sports sim NBA 2K21, the consensus has been that there's a PS5 games hike coming across the board.
That raises the standard by $10 from $60 which seems uncomfortable in the face of what many are fearing will be a fairly expensive games console full stop. It's expected that this $70 standard will be matched by the Xbox.
To be fair to both Sony and Microsoft, the price has remained the same since the launch of the original Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2005. Between game production values having gone through the roof and 15 years' worth of inflation, it could have been a lot worse for the consumer.
PlayStation 5 pre-orders
PS5 pre-orders went live on 22rd September and are now live.
One leaker predicted that pre-orders will go live on 9th September – 25 years to the day since the original PlayStation went on sale in the US. Alas, Sony missed that mark.
Pre-orders are mostly sold out but Sony has apologised a promised more stock soon. Some retailers are releasing their PS5 pre-order allocation in waves. We've seen retailers sell out of PS5 batches in 10 minutes, so you'll need to be quick.
Those already with their hearts set on one of the first flush of PS5 consoles would do well to act quickly when pre-orders launch.
Until recently, Sony had only planned on the production of 5 million PlayStation 5 games consoles by the end of March 2021. However, with a predicted increase in gaming, Sony has doubled PlayStation production to meet 10 million units by the same date, and that certainly should help in terms of pre-order panic.
In the mean time, the best bet is to sign up PS5 pre-order notifications (use the quick links above to find your local PS5 retailers). We'll add links to more retailers offering PS5 pre-order notifications as they come in.
PlayStation 5 price: game bundles
Sony has confirmed a raft of PS5 game titles including the following launch titles:
Astro's Playroom (Sony will bundle a digital copy it free with the PS5)
Just Dance 2021
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
It's likely that retailers will look to sell PS5 bundle deals with the most popular titles, including NBA 2K21, Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty, Gran Turismo 7 and possibly Grand Theft Auto. We'd also expect a PS5 FIFA 21 bundle at some point too. Again, once we know the official launch titles, the likely PS5 deals will become clearer.
More PS5 hands-on gameplay has been confirmed for 4th October (via gamesradar). A slew of Japanese YouTubers will go hands on with some of the top games. Sony hasn't confirmed the titles but expect it to include Spider Man: Miles Morales.
Beyond games, we're also likely to see the PS5 bundled with other treats and temptations. On the software side, we may see subscriptions to PlayStation Plus. On the hardware side, expect to find the option to purchase your PS5 along with one of the official PS5 accessories such as the Pulse 3D headset, HD Camera and DualSense Charging Station. As ever, more details as we get them.
Fancy pre-ordering PS5 accessories? You'll find all the latest PS5 pre-order info here.