playstation 5 pricing and pre order bundles

Sony has now officially confirmed the PlayStation 5 on November 12 starting at a price of $399. That’s for the digital version, with the standard available for $100 more. While the PS5 is the same price as the Xbox Series X, it’s worth noting the Xbox Series S is actually just $299 — of course, it’s also weaker than the Series X and PS5/Digital.

The PS5 will arrive in seven countries (US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea) on November 12. The PS5 will launch for the rest of the world on November 19.

PS5 pre-order information

If you want to be one of the first to call dibs on a PS5, you’re not the only one. As of right now, you can’t pre-order a PS5 anywhere. But when pre-orders go live, you’ll have to act quick if you want to claim a console.

Where can I pre-order a PS5?

If you see a site claiming that they’re taking pre-orders right for the PS5, it’s probably a scam. Stick with reputable large brands that you know when it comes to pre-ordering something as large as the newest PlayStation console. Here are a few reputable stores you should look at for pre-orders once they are available:

  • Amazon
  • BestBuy
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • GameStop

All of these retailers should allow online pre-orders. You can sign up for e-mail updates with stores like BestBuy, GameStop, or Target so you can be one of the first to know when pre-orders go live.

When pre-orders for the console go live, pre-orders for the games will most likely go live as well.

What PS5 pre-order bundles or deals does Sony have?

Of course, until pre-orders for the PS5 itself go live, pre-order bundles won’t go live either. So again, if you see any pre-order bundles on an unfamiliar website, it’s probably fake.

The most likely games that will be part of a PS5 pre-order bundle include:

  • Call of Duty
  • FIFA 21
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Both Xbox and Nintendo have previously moved to digital codes for games included in console bundles. We’re hoping that Sony continues to provide physical copies of bundled games because it adds to their resale value, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

If I pre-order a PS5, when do I have to pay?

If you pre-order a PS5, you will not have to pay for the entire console upfront. A site that claims you have to pay the full console price upfront is likely not a reputable site and you should stay away from it.

Large retailers like Target, BestBuy, etc. will probably require a deposit to secure your pre-order. The deposit for the PS5 should range anywhere from $50-100. This deposit should go towards the cost of your PS5, and you’ll just have to pay the remainder when you pick it up.

Or, if you order it online to be shipped to you, your card will likely just be charged the full amount when the console ships out to you.

What games will launch with the PS5 console?

In the live PlayStation event on June 11, Sony announced multiple games that would be releasing in Holiday 2020, in 2021, and even some without a release window.

While Sony never stated a specific release date for many of the games (a lot of them just said Holiday 2020), they can’t really do that until they announce the PS5’s release date. If we see a bunch of games that release on November 20th, 2020, we’d probably infer that the console is going to be releasing the same day.

For a more extensive list, check out: Sony PlayStation 5 games: All PS5 game announcements in one place

Here are a few of the new games that have a release window of Holiday 2020, but we’re hoping release alongside the new console:

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Deathloop

This does not include any of the PS4 games that we’re hoping will be playable on the PS5 at launch. If you want to know which PS4 games you’ll be able to play on the PS5, check out our article on backwards compatibility on the PS5 here.

PS5 estimated release date

The release date window that Sony gave was Holiday 2020. They have stated before that Covid-19 didn’t look like it was going to delay the console release or any of the PS5 game releases.

There was a random tweet that quoted November 20th, 2020 as the PS5 release date. While this source may not be reputable, November 20th, 2020 is not too bad of a guess. Sony will most likely want to get the console out before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Plus, for the PS3 and the PS4, the release date was the third Friday in November (in the United States). What’s the third Friday in November this year, you ask? Why, it’s November 20th.

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