The Playstation 5 (PS5) launches tomorrow, November 12. You may think that you can lineup and just grab one in-store, however, due to COVID-19, that may not be possible in your area.
The console, which went up for pre-order on September 16, quickly sold out. Fans will be looking to secure their PS5 on release day and there are a few different ways to go about it.
Online Orders Only for PS5 at Launch
Due to safety precautions with COVID-19, Sony has announced that the Playstation 5 will only be available to select retailers via online orders. If you were one of the lucky ones and pre-ordered your console and selected in-store pickup then that is still available.
The days of camping out overnight outside your favorite Best Buy or GameStop are a thing of the past. In fact, in a PS Blog post, SIE Content Communications senior director Sid Shuman wrote, “Please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.”
Which Online Retailers will have PS5?
As mentioned above, there are only a select few online retailers that will be carrying the PS5 and they are all going about the way they are releasing a tad bit differently.
On November 12, Walmart will release the PS5 in multiple waves — 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM, and 9 PM ET. The stock is limited, so if you plan on nabbing yours from Walmart, then be sure to be sitting in front of your computer at those specified times.
Best Buy will not have any physical PS5’s in store until 2021. This does not help any of the holiday shoppers that were hoping to nab one for children or themselves. Units will be available online.
No time was announced, but GameStop tweeted that they would have a number of units available this evening. From the looks of it, GameStop will have PS5 consoles available on Black Friday beginning at 7 am. Stock is very limited.
If you are looking to get your hands on the $500 console, then you will have to have your fingers ready and pray for good internet. The above online retailers will have limited stock and you can, of course, test your luck with Amazon as well.