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PS5 pre-orders guide: keep checking these these stores for PlayStation 5 stock

PS5 pre-orders
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The initial PS5 pre-order batch sold out straight away, but we'll tell you which retailers are most likely to get more PS5 stock again. We do believe that we'll see stores get random stock in the runup to release day, so don't give up hope quite yet. We will of course be updating this page with news of fresh PS5 pre-orders when we find it or when our sources at retailers give us a heads up.

Sony has apologised for PS5 pre-order issues and is promising more stock is on the way. With that in mind, be sure to camp on the retailer pages linked below and hit 'refresh' every now and then to see if you get lucky.

We're checking these links every day to keep you updated on the Ps5 pre-order situation from the most reliable retailers. Our team of deal hunters has covered console launches for years now, so you're in good hands.

Want to know how much you should have squirreled away for launch day? The PS5 price is $499.99 in the US and £449.99 in the UK for the standard console. Meanwhile, the PS5 Digital Edition (no disc-drive here) is set at $399.99 in the US and £359.99 in the UK. Both PlayStation 5 systems will be released on November 12 in the US and November 19 in the UK.

US PS5 pre-orders

PS5 | $499.99 at Amazon
Talk about blink and you'll miss it. Stock of the main PS5 model has gone already, and it had all vanished before half and hour had passed. Amazon is amongst the most likely stores to get more stock, though, so don't give up on them just yet. Keep hitting that refresh button.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition | $399.99 on Amazon
Able to forgo discs and a Blu-ray player? The PS5 Digital Edition is the system for you. It's a solid $100 less expensive, but that's meant that stock is almost non-existent as well.View Deal

PS5 | $499.99 at B&H Photo
PS5 Digital Edition |
$399.99 at B&H Photo
B&H Photo might seem like an unorthodox choice when it comes to PS5 pre-orders, but the retailer has also been getting stock in for the next-gen console. They haven't had any for a little while, but if you do, you'll be at an advantage because most other gamers probably won't think to check there.View Deal

PS5 | $499.99 at Best Buy
PS5 Digital Edition |
$399.99 at Best Buy
The massive US retailer is set to be one of the best places to get a PS5, and it launched its pre-orders ahead of Amazon. Orders were for home delivery or pick up in-store on November 12. Alternatively, you could pick up the Digital Edition for $100 less. Both are currently sold out of course.View Deal

UK PS5 pre-orders

PS5 | £449.99 on Amazon
Amazon really struggled to keep its site running properly on the first day of PS5 pre-orders with lots of crashes and errors when buyers were trying to add a PS5 to baskets. All sold out now, but of all the stores, Amazon is most likely to get more stock before launch.
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PS5 Digital Edition | £359.99 on Amazon
If you can live with only buying digital games and don't need the 4K Blu-ray player, you can save £90 on a PS5 via the Digital Edition (this does also block you from picking up pre-owned games, so do think about this carefully though). Gamers were taking whatever they could get though, so this one's sold out too.
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PS5 / PS5 Digital Edition | pre-orders
We've no idea how Box managed to get some PS5 stock as the website is far better known for laptops, but the store emailed us to say their PS5 pre-orders would be going live the day after everyone else. I think stock lasted about five minutes in the end.View Deal

PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition | Pre-orders at Currys
The Currys site has been struggling with PS5 pre-orders from the start, and there's actually been a digital queue setup once you enter the PS5 pre-order section. We were been booted from the queue a few times, before the site eventually refreshed to tell everyone that the PS5 had indeed sold out.
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PS5 / PS5 Digital Edition | Argos pre-orders
Despite the Argos Twitter account announcing that PS5 pre-orders would be online at midnight for day two, they didn't turn up until around 6am, and then of course sold out straight away. It's looking like sleep is the enemy of the PS5 pre-order.
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When will there be more PS5 stock?

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Having no luck finding PS5 pre-orders? We feel your pain - most retailers ran out of stock within moments of PS5 deals going live. So, when will there be more PS5 stock? 

We imagine it'll filter down in drips and drabs. Because retailers are likely to get more PS5 stock at random intervals over the next few weeks, there's no hard and fast rule as to when it'll become available. With that in mind, all we can recommend is bookmarking this page and / or keeping an eye on your retailer of choice - both will be updated the moment more info is available. It's a good idea to watch retailer social media accounts, too. If stock is on the way, you'll probably find out there.

Honestly, we're a little shocked by how quickly PS5 stock sold out. In some cases, it was mere minutes. However, that probably shouldn't be surprising in retrospect. Sony beat Microsoft to the pre-order punch here, despite team green announcing both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S release dates recently and confirming that Xbox Series X pre-orders will be going live on September 22. PlayStation nipped ahead to get that early cash.

We're just glad someone took the lead. We've been waiting on PS5 pre-orders for months and have a suspicion it was because Sony had been playing a game of chicken with Microsoft. Because the Xbox Series X price and the budget-friendly Xbox Series S price are out in the wild now, Sony decided to get on with it.

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Can I register interest for PS5 pre-orders?

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With some retailers, you can register interest by throwing your email address into their mailing list hats and they'll contact you as and when stock comes back. We'd recommend bookmarking this page right here though as we'll be rounding up the best options from a range of retailers and avoiding all those over-priced options with a bunch of non-discounted products that typically fill everyone's inboxes.

Because it's good to know in advance which retailers will be most likely to get PS5 pre-order stock again and which ones might be the best match for you, here are our highlights of popular merchants from the US and UK to keep an eye on.

PS5 pre-orders: US retailers

The gargantuan online retailer will arguably be the biggest stockist of the PS5 with the most units to sell, which might actually make it hard to find one there if you leave it too late. Amazon Prime members will be keen to buy from here given the fast delivery options offered.View Deal

The retail behemoth will have you well covered if it's your shop of choice. You'll be able to pick up in-store as well as order to home which will be a great option to get your new console immediately. There's no way Walmart will miss a trick with PS5 pre-orders so naturally they'll be ones to look out for when it all kicks off again.View Deal

Best Buy
Like Walmart, Best Buy will have the option of in-store pickup which might be a better option for many buyers. Best Buy has been one of the better retailers at stocking consoles during the pandemic when other stores haven't seen stock in months, so its certainly one to watch for PS5 pre-orders.View Deal

A tricky one, given the once-mighty retailer has spent the last few years on the ropes. Any further COVID-19 outbreaks could see in-store PS5 pre-orders stuck in limbo if the store can't physically open. If you do buy a PS5 from GameStop but the console develops a fault within the warranty period, we'd be concerned that the company might not still be in business to honor it. We'd imagine you'd be able to send it to Sony instead, but it'll be a hassle easily avoided by buying elsewhere.View Deal

PS5 pre-orders: UK retailers

Like in many other countries around the world, Amazon will be a popular pick for PS5 pre-orders in the UK. That popularity will also mean everyone will be shopping there, so it's good to have other options. Thankfully, the UK has managed to maintain a competitive variety of retailers for consoles. Let's see who else is worth a shout below.View Deal

Currys PC World
The popular electronics retailer has a great online and high-street / retail park presence, so you've got plenty of options. Currys also managed to find console stock more than most retailers in recent months during the pandemic, so we reckon it's a solid shout for PS5 pre-orders, maybe even with some bundle action too as it's very competitive.View Deal

John Lewis
It's highly likely that the PS5 pre-order prices are going to be the same at most retailers, so looking for any slight edge is worth the effort. And John Lewis has one not mentioned nearly enough - the free two-year warranty on its electronic devices is a killer addition, and we assume it will be included on the PS5 (it'll say on the listing once online). Other retailers usually charge a lot of money to extend beyond the usual 12-month guarantee, so we think this is a big deal.View Deal

Like we mentioned with GameStop in the US, Game is a retailer hanging on by the skin of its teeth. While you will be able to find PS5 pre-orders here both online and in-store, the double threat of further lockdowns affecting your in-store pickup and the business potentially disappearing over the next year being a concern if your PS5 develops a fault has us thinking ordering elsewhere would be wise.View Deal

PS5 pre-orders - bundle deals

PS5 pre-orders

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Let's face it, any console pre-order or purchase is going to be made far more attractive if you can find a bundle with a great launch game, or one you're really excited about. PS5 pre-orders will be no different and we know that there are plenty of upcoming PS5 games hitting shelves around then.

Unfortunately, Sony doesn't seem to agree at the moment. None of the PS5 pre-orders included any games at all. Hopefully, when the next wave appears, this might change. We've got a good idea of what might work, too. We'd be looking out for consoles that come with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, or Cyberpunk 2077. Because they're this fall's biggest releases, it's a safe bet that they'll be paired with the console by the Holidays at least. 

Just don't expect a big saving. That's rare for launch bundles, and it's much more likely that a game's cost will simply be added on top of the standard PlayStation 5 MSRP / RRP. 

What about bundles with digital games, though, particularly with the PS5 Digital Edition? That seems equally nailed on to some degree as it'll be straightforward to throw in codes for games (plus, it'll be absolutely necessary given the console's lack of a disc drive). If there are any discounts to be had, we bet this is where you'll find them.

Before we wrap things up, let's not forget about PS5 bundles that add in hardware as opposed to software. We know that there will be a bunch of PS5 accessories releasing at the same time, and there will certainly be demand for bundles that throw in the 3D Pulse audio headset or another DualSense PS5 controller

For now, we'll have to make do with getting them separately and pre-order DualSense controllers or pick up Pulse 3D headset pre-orders by themselves.

Keep checking back here for more updates. When another batch of PS5 pre-orders go live, we'll be on-hand to help out and point you in the right direction.