PS5 has been released: Check availability at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy and more


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This is it, folks: As of today — Thursday, Nov. 12 — the Sony PlayStation 5 is officially available in the US. Both versions of the PS5 are now available: a $400 digital-only version and a $500 model with Blu-ray. (If you have good broadband and don’t have a need for optical discs — used games, Blu-ray movies, old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 one.) 

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This might sound like good news, especially since Sony’s preorder window back in September left all but a tiny number of gamers frustrated by broken sites, poor communication and almost instantaneous sell-outs. But our advice is not to get your hopes up. If you haven’t already successfully preordered a console, don’t expect to be able to walk into Best Buy next Thursday and take one off the shelf. The launch will be online-only, and we expect limited inventories through the rest of the year. 

But there’s new hope for launch day: Walmart has publicly pledged that it will have online inventory hitting at 3-hour intervals on launch day:

Hi, Bryan. Due to the popularity of the item, it quickly sold out before the inventory online recalibrated. You can still purchase the PS5 online on November 12 at 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM (ET).

— Walmart Help (@walmarthelp) November 10, 2020

We still expect those to sell out instantaneously, but at least you know when you can start hitting the refresh button.

Care to spin the roulette wheel? We’ve aggregated all the retailers below where you may be able to land a console. Happy hunting. 

Read more at GameSpot: Latest PS5 news and complete coverage  

You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.

You can get the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500. 

In a tweet this week, Walmart appears to indicate that there will be four times during the day in which you’ll be able to purchase the PS5 online on Nov. 12: at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. ET. 

Target will be offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below. 

First published earlier in the year. Updated with the latest news about the PS5. 

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