SONY'S new PlayStation 5 console is out in the US today – and it's likely to sell out within minutes.
The launch follows hot on the heels of the release of Microsoft's Xbox Series X, which on Tuesday left thousands of gamers disappointed after stocks ran dry at lightning pace across the globe.
PlayStation 5 – What is it?
The PlayStation 5 is the latest and greatest console from Japanese tech titan Sony.
The firm has developed two versions of the high-powered machine: A PS5 proper and a cheaper, "Digital Edition" without a disc tray.
Each PS5 can process gorgeous 8K graphics, and they boast powerful engines that almost eliminate loading times.
Sony has also lined up an impressive roster of launch games for the console – more on those below.
Where is the PS5 out and how much does it cost?
Unlike Microsoft's two new consoles – the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S – the PS5's release date is different depending on where you live.
The first launch falls on November 12, and includes the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK and Europe, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
Why isn't the PS5 out in the UK yet?
There's no public reason why the PS5 is out later in the UK.
In a statement earlier this year, Sony hinted that it was prioritising other countries that it considers to be "key markets".
"As we have just announced in our PS5 Showcase, we’re only a couple of months away from launching the next generation of play.
"Starting on November 12, PS5 will be available in seven key markets: the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
"The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world."
Where to buy the PS5 in the US
If you're hoping to bag a PlayStation 5 on launch day, you'd better act fast.
Pre-orders for the gaming machines opened in September and sold out within minutes. Stock remains in short supply.
Some shops are opening up additional sales on launch day, and they're expected to sell out fast.
To give yourself the best chance of grabbing a console, hit up the links below as early as possible.
If you miss out today, there's a good chance retailers will release other batches ahead of Christmas – likely within the next few weeks.
- Amazon – out of stock
- Best Buy – listed as "coming soon"
- GameStop – out of stock
- Newegg – out of stock
- Official PlayStation store – out of stock
- Sam's Club – out of stock
- Target – stock available in certain areas
- Walmart – available 12pm ET
PS5 launch games
Here are the games hitting the PlayStation 5 on launch day.
The console is also backwards compatible, meaning it can play a bunch of top PS4 games from the get-go.
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Astro's Playroom
- Borderlands 3
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Dead by Daylight
- Demon's Souls
- Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
- DIRT 5
- Goonya Fighter
- King Oddball
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Remastered
- Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
- NBA 2K21
- No Man's Sky: The Next Generation
- Observer: System Redux
- Overcooked: All You Can Eat
- The Pathless
- Planet Coaster: Console Edition
- Poker Club
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure
- Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
- Watch Dogs Legion
- WRC 9
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