Sony’s PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, but inventory remains limited — here’s how to find one

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  • Sony will launch the PlayStation 5 on November 12 with a $500 standard model and a $400 digital edition with no disc drive.
  • Preorders have been selling out at most online retailers, but additional inventory will be available on launch day through select stores.
  • We’ll update this post with more purchase options as they become available.
  • For detailed impressions on the PlayStation 5, you can read our full PS5 review here.

Preorder stock for the PlayStation 5 remains sold out at most retailers, but more inventory is likely to be available online when the console launches on November 12.

More inventory for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is expected to be available through online retailers on November 12.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 with a standard edition priced at $500, and a digital edition with no disc drive priced at $400. Preorders have been appearing at various retailers, but inventory is limited. On release day, Walmart will allow shoppers to order PS5 consoles online on a rolling basis at 12 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET, and 9 p.m. ET.

Sony confirmed the new console’s price during a September showcase event that also included gameplay trailers for upcoming titles, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales,” “Final Fantasy XVI,” and “Resident Evil: Village.” Other confirmed PlayStation 5 titles include “Gran Turismo 7” and “Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.”

The PlayStation 5 will be available first in North America, Japan, Mexico, Austrailia, New Zealand, and South Korea, followed by a worldwide launch on November 19.

Sony’s console will compete with two new Xbox models for the affection of gamers throughout the 2020 holiday season. Microsoft’ $300 Xbox Series S and $500 Xbox Series X are available now, but inventory is low.

PlayStation 5 stock continues to pop up at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other major retailers when available. GameStop said more standard PS5 consoles will be sold in stores during its Black Friday sale later this month. We’ll continue to update this post as stock becomes available at other stores.

Updated on 11/10/2020 by Kevin Webb: Updated PS5 purchase details.

PlayStation 5 price and release date

The digital edition of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a disc drive.


The PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12 in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400. While the digital edition is $100 cheaper, you might need to use your PlayStation 4 discs to claim the PlayStation 5 versions of those games later on.

Several stores, including Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart have started preorders, but quantities are limited. Some people on social media have reported being able to preorder the console in person at GameStop stores. 

On November 12, Walmart plans to make PS5 consoles available online on a rolling basis at 12 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. ET, and 9 p.m. ET. GameStop said more standard PS5 consoles will be available during its Black Friday sale later this month. You can check the links below to see if PS5 preorders are currently available at each retailer.

PlayStation 5 (Standard Edition) 

PlayStation 5 (Digital Edition)

Sony PlayStation 5 specifications


The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

“Fortnite” creator Epic Games used the PlayStation 5 for an impressive technical demonstration of its upcoming Unreal Engine 5 software, giving gamers an early look at the new console’s potential. For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review here.

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