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PS5 price and bundles: when can we expect PlayStation 5 deals to arrive?

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Looking to find the lowest PS5 price or some PS5 deals? Despite releasing in November of last year, the console is still incredibly difficult to find. So, will you be stumbling across PS5 bundles with big discounts? Probably not. But that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on the machine. For example, Walmart tends to drop stock on Thursdays between 2:30pm - 3pm EST, while Best Buy has had offers available every Friday for the past month or so. Some retailers offer restocks at random times, too, so keep an eye on the stores listed below for your best chance at getting the console.

No matter what, be quick. When the PS5 has appeared online, it typically sells out in minutes. Scalper bots have been a massive issue since launch as well, automatically buying up stock as soon as it appears (annoyingly, most retailers have done squat to counter it). We can only hope that people will stop giving in and paying sky-high PS5 price on eBay and the like, and that scalping PS5 deals will no longer be worth the effort for the resellers.

What can you do today, though? Trying your luck at a wide range of retailers is the way to go, and the links we posted above are your best shot at getting a PS5. We'd advise having a quick look every day as you might get lucky. 

Hopefully, by the time Black Friday rolls around, we'll be using this page to show you PS5 bundles with discounted games rather than just crossing our fingers for a rare sighting of the console on its own.

PS5 bundles

PS5 bundles with extra items that we have seen on rare occasions have not offered any discounts and often include way more items than you'd want so the retailers can really whack up the basket price with extra controllers, grips, PS Plus subs, and the like. It's the last thing you want really when the PS5 itself is so expensive. At worst we have seen some retailers, mainly third-party merchants on big sites, selling for more than the total value of the items. You won't find us highlighting any of those deals though.  

Interestingly, the standard PS5 price puts the console on an even playing field with the Xbox Series X. The cost is identical, in fact. Sure, the PS5 Digital Edition can't match the low cost of the Xbox Series S, but the fact that it's able to hit 4K resolutions for gaming might make the difference. 

Suffice to say, retailers have been very busy over the last few months. And after everything we've seen recently, there's more than enough reason to consider picking up the PS5. For starters, all the upcoming PS5 games (including Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West) are shaping up to be something special. Secondly, the system's blindingly fast loading times improve the user-experience by leaps and bounds. We have a suspicion we won't ever want to go back.

PS5 prices around the world

The price of a PS5 is expensive, but we were certainly bracing for it being even more expensive until Sony finally confirmed it. So yes it could have been much worse. The PS5 price is $499.99 in the USA, £449.99 in the UK, and $749.99 in Australia.

If you can live without a disc-drive and are happy to only have access to digital games then you might want to consider the PS5 Digital Edition price of $399.99 in the USA, £359.99 in the UK, and $599.99 in Australia.

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No matter how you look at it, that's very comparable to the Xbox Series X price. And even though the PS5 Digital Edition is still a fair bit more than the Xbox Series S price, it's not bad going considering the fact that this is the same PS5 console bar a disc drive.

Regardless of which system you get, they're all great value; the PS5 and Xbox Series X rival the best gaming PCs in terms of tech. Considering the fact that graphics cards like the brand-new RTX 3080 cost many hundreds of dollars alone, we dread to think how much all of the PS5's components would cost separately. Not that anyone can find RTX 3080 stock right now either actually.

The high price of a PS5 is in part due to Sony teaming up with hardware giant AMD again to create best-in-class PS5 specs. More specifically, a modified third-generation Ryzen 3 processor and advanced Navi-based graphics that has enabled ray tracing, a supremely fancy lighting system. 

The real game-changer is the addition of the PS5 SSD, though. This slashes load times by a considerable amount. If you want a taste of how SSDs can speed up your life, be sure to check out our guide to the best PS4 SSD.

Sure, some have complained that the PS5's 825GB SSD isn't as big as the 1TB NVMe equivalent in the Xbox Series X. But let's look on the bright side. The PS5 price would be much, much higher if Sony had opted for a larger SSD.

Curious about how the two next-gen consoles stack up against each other? Be sure to check out our guide on PS5 vs Xbox Series X.

US PS5 prices

The gargantuan online retailer is one of your best bets for finding any PS5 stock, although it has been a bit disappointing around launch as it's not had any stock for a while. Once life goes back to normal a bit more (soon hopefully!), expect Amazon to be a Sony fave.View Deal

Best Buy
As with Walmart, Best Buy offers the option of in-store pickups to go with its online deals. That could come in very handy for some of us, particularly if we don't want to miss a delivery while at work. It's also likely to get a fair amount of stock in too, and has dropped every Friday for quite a while. Keep your eye on this one at the end of each week.View Deal

No matter whether you want to pick up in store or online, this retail behemoth has you well covered. Be warned, though - it's stock sells out very fast. That means you'll have to move quickly if you want to secure yourself a PS5. It tends to offer PS5 deals on Thursdays.View Deal

UK prices

Amazon is almost guaranteed to be a popular pick for PS5 deals in the UK. It's one of the biggest kids on the block so is likely to get plenty of units in, but remember, everyone else will have the same idea. Make sure you've got some backups ready as a just-in-case.View Deal

Currys PC World
The popular electronics retailer is a safe bet when it comes to console deals, and it's had some great offers in spite of the pandemic. That makes it one to watch when it comes to PS5, though it's queuing system last time was incredibly frustrating. Position 90,478 anyone? Or if you want a more chilled-out approach, check out the store's new PS5 online ballot system, where names are drawn at random for a chance to pick up a PS5 deal.
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John Lewis
PS5 prices for the console on its own are the same at most reputable retailers, so any edge is worth your time. John Lewis electronics come with a free two-year warranty. Other stores usually charge a pretty penny to extend that warranty beyond 12 months, so this is a bargain. It's a real shame that John Lewis has barely had any PS5s in stock since launch compared to other UK retailers.
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What about PS5 bundles and deals?

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Despite the unveiling of new PS5 launch games, we haven't seen any official PS5 bundles with them yet. Instead, we're hoping retailers get creative soon. We've got our fingers crossed that games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and FIFA 21 to be considered. Or perhaps something with the PS5 controller charging dock and the PS5 Pulse 3D gaming headset.

No matter what, we hope Sony will continue the tradition of its bundles coming with physical copies of the game to increase resale value. We can't guarantee it, though. Because Microsoft only included download codes with Xbox One bundles (as per Nintendo with Nintendo Switch bundles), we wouldn't be surprised to see Sony go the same way with its PS5 bundles. If that's the case, we might be needing a new broadband deal to download those gargantuan install files.

PS5 Digital Edition - what's the difference?

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Simply put, the PS5 Digital Edition lacks a disc drive and is cheaper than the regular full-fat version. In fact, it's $100 / £90 less expensive. While this isn't an earth-shattering discount, that's because it's otherwise identical.

Unlike the Xbox Series X and the entry-level Series S, the PS5 Digital Edition is every bit as powerful as the standard PlayStation 5 console; so far as we can tell, there haven't been any cutbacks in terms of raw specs. That means it can handle every next-gen game in 4K with all the associated benefits. Basically, you're getting the same console without the ability to play physical discs.

However, much like with the Xbox One S All-Digital from the current generation, we can't see this digital alternative being a decent choice. PSN games in most territories cost significantly more than their physical counterparts (obscenely so in the UK), and prices take much longer to drop. Not to mention the fact that you shut yourself out from playing pre-owned games, your old DVDs, and 4K Blu-rays. 

We could be proven wrong, particularly if PS Now evolves into a worthy rival for Xbox Game Pass, but at the time of writing we'd recommend sticking with the standard PS5 if at all possible. It leaves you with more flexibility.

How specs impact the PS5 price

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Hoping for a slightly lower PS5 price? We (and our bank balances) hear you. However, it's actually fair value when you break everything down. If we were to build the PS5 from components that are on the market right now, it'd be much, much more expensive.

Let's look at the GPU first. Right now, you'd be staring down the barrel of an RTX 2080 equivalent graphics card (e.g., the best graphics cards) to handle ray tracing at any kind of decent frame rate or resolution. To produce ray tracing at 4K - before we even get to the 8K Sony has promised - you'd need a powerful chip like a Radeon VII, or whatever the Navi equivalent will be inside the PS5. Want it to hit 30 frames per-second and medium-high settings? You'd be looking at $800 / £600+ at a minimum.

Now, onto that SSD. If you go bargain hunting right this second, you'll pay $350 / £300-ish for a 1TB NVMe SSD from the likes of Samsung. Yes, you can go cheaper, but Sony is claiming that the PS5's SSD will outperform all current PC SSDs. As such, $350 / £300 or more is about right.

With that in mind, we're already looking at $1,000 / £1,000+ build. And that's before you take other parts into account. We assume 32GB of RAM at a minimum, a Ryzen 7 equivalent CPU with 8 cores (which we know about), and all the cooling, power, wireless tech, and casing required to keep everything together. That's another $500 - $800 / £400 - £700 at least.

Then there's the DualSense controller. It contains haptic feedback that's going to replace the traditional vibrations we've had for a long time, increasing immersion in games literally through touch and feel. The adaptive triggers will also seek to offer differing resistance depending on what you're doing in-game, like drawing a bow or driving over gravel. That's bound to increase the PS5 price.

This doesn't mean the PS5 should cost over $1,000 / £1,000 though. Given the strides in GPU development and the inevitable cost-cutting Sony has arranged, the PS5 is a fair bit cheaper than that. Plus, the cost for future models will keep going down as the company figures out manufacturing tricks to lower the price of production.