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How to Pre-Order Buy a PlayStation 5

Pre-orders are currently opening and closing at the moment.

by William Schwartz


PlayStation 5 Pre-Orders have been somewhat confusing as Sony said in their price and release date reveal that they would begin on 9/17.  However, numerous retailers have broken that date for pre-orders.  Some are going to have multiple waves of pre-orders, in-store pre-orders, and other schemes to get a PlayStation 5 in your hands.

Sites Where Pre-Orders Have Already Begun

These five major retailers have all already offered pre-orders for the PlayStation 5.  Some still have pre-order pages for the console in both the disc-based and digital versions, some have taken the pages down completely.  While this first wave might have closed down pretty quickly, there will likely be more chances to pre-order the PlayStation 5.

Update: According to Wal-Mart the retailer has decided not to have in-person pre-orders to “control store traffic and keep customers safe”.

You may also be able to pre-order in person.  In the case of Wal-mart, the retailer will be offering in-store pre-orders on September 22nd 2020 at the same price as online pre-orders $499 for the disc-based unit and $399 for the digital version.

How to Pre-order from Sony directly


Sony themselves will also be hosting a pre-order event for the console.  If you registered for information earlier through the playstation website you may have a place in line.  Sony has been sending out emails to people regarding a September 18th pre-order event.  If you have received one of these invitations you will be able to pre-order the console with your PSN credentials on 9/18 at 10am to get a PS5.

Outside of waiting for another wave of pre-order openings from the major retailers, your best bet is to cross your fingers for an invite from Sony (assuming you entered your email on the site) or heading to a Wal-mart in-person on September 22nd to secure your PlayStation 5 for launch.

- This article was updated on:September 17th, 2020

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