Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be available starting November 12th, and if you missed your chances of securing one on launch, (it’s ok, preordering was a mess), you might be able to secure the console on launch day. Due to the pandemic and high demand of the PS5, retailers such as Best Buy and Target will only sell the console online at least until the end of 2020. So, if you were planning to camp outside your local Target hoping to buy the console on November 12th, there will be no walk-in purchases available this year. But, you can order one online and request an in-store pickup.
- If you are looking to secure the console at Walmart, the retailer announced that it will be selling the console on Thursday, November 10th. Walmart will have four different windows for PS5 launch day sales: 12PM ET, 3PM ET, 6PM ET, and 9PM ET.
- Best Buy encourages shoppers to visit its site to order instead of showing up at its stores. It doesn’t have set timeslots for when it expects the stock to be available.
Until we hear more information from retailers, I strongly advise you keep a close eye on other popular retailers, including Amazon, Target, GameStop, Newegg, B&H Photo, and if you have membership, Sam’s Club.
If you are torn between which PS5 console to buy, no need to worry. The biggest differences to note is that the PS5 Digital Edition is smaller than the PS5 standard, costs $399, and it does not include a Blu-ray disc drive. The PS5 standard is $100 more, is a bit bulkier than the digital edition, and includes a disc drive, allowing you to play game discs.
Update, November 6th: With consoles launching next week, we’ve updated this post to be a resource that tells you when and where you can buy a PS5 online.