And, with both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition both predicted to be incredibly in-demand this winter holiday season, the best way many gamers can ensure they have a next-gen console to play on this Christmas is by locking in a PS5 pre-order.
Well, excitingly, many retailers are already very ready to go on PS5 pre-orders, with Sony just having to fire the starting gun.
As such, below T3 has rounded up the a list of retailer pages where you can lodge you PS5 pre-order come the big day, which rumour has it could be landing within weeks.
Some retailers here will let you sign up right now to be notified as to when their PS5 pre-orders go live, while others are letting gamers pre-order the pre-order, with prices as low as a penny securing a system when pre-orders go live.
Sony realises that the PlayStation 5 is going to be massive demand this winter, with it doubling the production run of the PS5 to cope, but many of those extra consoles likely won't land in time for the console's launch, or indeed Xmas and New Year.
The best way to make sure you don't miss out, therefore, is to be quick out of the gate when PS5 pre-orders open – and that is something that this guide can certainly help you with.
PS5 pre-orders: top retailers [UK]
ShopTo is a stand-out right now as it is actually allowing gamers to pre-order the PS5 pre-order. For a penny users can pre-order a pre-order either for the full-fat console or the Digital Edition. When the consoles' prices are then finalised, and pre-orders open, the user is then guaranteed a console.
Currys has its own hub for registering your interest in the Sony PS5, with sign-ups now live. Visually this hub page isn't the strongest, but it delivers some info on launch games and the technological power of the PlayStation 5, too.
UK retailer Argos has also got its game-on regarding the PS5 with a rudimentary hub showing a PS5 hype video and PS5 pre-order news sign-up. Argos are very good in terms of getting stock live quick, though, so we recommend UK users to keep an eye on this page for sure.
Very has its own PS5 pre-order hub and gamers can now register their interest to be informed when PlayStation 5 pre-orders go live. As with many of the hubs, there is console and game info and video trailers available, too.
Amazon's PS5 hub is really great all-rounder, providing plenty of information, images and videos about the console, its games and its accessories. The only downside is that right now there is no option to pre-order the console, although we expect that to change very soon. One to keep an eye on for sure.
PS5 pre-orders: top retailers [USA]
Walmart has one of the most impressive PS5 hubs on the market today. Not only does it deliver info about the console and its accessories, but it also has video trailers for the system and loads of its launch games. There's also a PS5 pre-order sign up mailing list, too, meaning that you can be notified immediately when PS5 pre-orders go live.
Amazon's US PS5 hub is really strong, too, with details about the console and accessory listed, as well as videos and games. Unlike some other retailers, though, there is no pre-order information sign-up list to fill in right now. Surely a matter of time, though.
Best Buy's PS5 hub leads on PS5 pre-order sign-ups, with users capable of inserting their mailing address to get notified about when PS5 pre-orders go live. There's also console info and specs and multiple game videos to watch. Accessories are also listed and explained. A strong hub all-round.
While you can't place your pre-order just yet through GameStop, you can still sign-up via email to receive updates regarding the PS5 pre-order and release times. You'll definitely want to sign-up with GameStop as they tend to have some pretty great console release specials.
Target's PS5 pre-order hub is more basic than the rest but still allows you to sign-up for email updates and delivers some basic information about the console, accessories and games that are incoming. Might be worth signing up for as Target is typically very competitive in terms of bundle deals.
PS5 pre-orders: top retailers [AUS]
Amazon's AU PS5 hub offers a complete hub of info and products available with the launch of the PlayStation 5. Sign-up for pre-order notifications, browse upcoming games and more. Amazon will be one of the top spots to grab a PS5 from, so sign up today to make sure you get yours as early as possible!
You can head over to EB Games today and sign-up for exclusive offers, receive pre-order updates, browse upcoming titles and accessories, and more. While the landing page is basic, it's got everything you need to make sure you get your new PlayStation 5 console on launch day.
Simple and clean, The Gamesmen's PlayStation 5 landing page is about as basic as it gets. This shouldn't deter anyone looking to buy the new console, but expect a lot more info once we get closer to the launch day.
Currently, Harvey Norman's PS5 page is as basic as it gets. Enter your email and receive updates on the PlayStation 5 pre-order once it becomes available. While there isn't much to look at in terms of info right now, you can expect that to change as we get closer to launch day.
JB Hi-Fi's PlayStation 5 landing page offers some excellent insight into the new console and accessories. Plenty of info on the new consoles specs, accessories, and more are front and center. While JB Hi-Fi does not have an email sign-up for pre-order alerts right now, expect that to change closer to the PlayStation 5 launch date.
Here at T3 we can't wait to get our hands on the PS5, and were blown away by the show-stopping PS5 event where the console was finally shown off along with many of its launch and first year titles.
And, as helping people find the technology they want is core to our mission, readers can now sign up to our PS5 pre-order tracker, which will notify anyone who signs up when PS5 pre-orders go live anywhere.
This means that instead of having to wait for the pre-order information to trickle down to you via social networks or news, you can get your foot in the door first, ensuring you're not left disappointed or facing a big delay before your console arrives.
PS5 pre-orders: How much will the PlayStation 5 cost?
While we don't have official word from Sony, right now we're expecting the PS5's price to come in at around £499/ $499/ €499; that's over £100 more than the PS4's launch price of £350, and closer to the PS3's £425, which fans were not happy about at the time. They'll likely be more willing to part with that kind of cash this time around, given the huge leap in tech to the next console generation - including the super fast SSD which currently outpaces gaming PCs.
An Amazon UK leak with a £599.99 ($760) price tag had us worried for a minute but the online retailer confirmed it was an error, and a similar price was listed over on Play-Asia, but industry veteran and former Xbox marketing chief, Albert Penello, weighed in to put those concerns to bed.
In response to rumours saying the console could come in at $600 (£477), Penello said "[there's] no way this console is over $499" and based on his years of experience, and involvement in the launch of the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One, we're inclined to side with Penello on this one.
PS5 pre-orders: Is the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition cheaper?
Sony revealed two console models at its PS5 event; one with a disc drive, and one purely digital edition, which is known as the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. And, as this console does not come with an optical disc drive (which on the full-fat console allows physical games to be played, as well as 4K Blu-rays watched), the price is definitely going to be cheaper.
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told the BBC that the Digital Edition exists to accommodate "consumers are purchasing solely digitally," and is about offering a choice, rather than merely presenting a 'cheap' option, but we'd be surprised if a smaller price tag wasn't the byproduct of doing so.
Current thought is that if the PS5 retails for £499/ $499/ €499, then the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will ring in at £100/ $100/ €100 cheaper. That, we feel, would be a good price that could attract many who aren't so fussed about playing 4K movies and instead just want a powerful new games console.
PS5 pre-orders: Will there be a premium PS5 Pro model?
For those of you hoping for something a bit more snazzy and have money to burn, news of a “beautiful” special edition should have you champing at the bit! The PS5 design is already a sight to behold (although it has divided opinion on that front), and Sony has confirmed that an even more "radical" design is on the cards.
PlayStation’s vice president of UX design Matt MacLaurin took to LinkedIn to share the news, saying:
"While this is the flagship/reference, you can count on even more beautiful (and hopefully radical) special editions."
These special editions will no doubt come with a premium price, so if you're a lover of the more unique (and expensive!) console editions, you should put aside some extra cash now.
There's also no word that any of these special edition PS5 console will be available to pre-order at launch, and we fully expect to only see them in 2021 after the console's launch window has passed.
PS5 pre-orders: What are the console bundle options?
Again, this isn't something that has been touched on yet by retailers, but we imagine similar options to those currently offered now, especially in light of the range of accessories on offer. Expect to see bundles featuring two DualSense controllers, as well as options including the Pulse 3D headset, DualSense charging station, and HD camera.
On the software front, the PS5 is almost certainly going to be on offer with Sony's firs-party games, like Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West, and Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, as well popular IPs like GTA, FIFA, and Call of Duty, although these might not all be available at launch.
And, remember, even if the Sony themselves don't launch any accessory or game bundles, third-party retailers can absolutely do that, so be sure to scope out what sort of console and game or console and accessory options are on offer.
We'll add more pre-order info as we get it, but in the meantime, you can sign up to receive PS5 pre-order updates to get the best deals before anyone else!