Published On: September 21, 2020

PS5 Pre-Launch Frenzy: Best Hope May Be Getting on Waiting List

Published On: September 21, 2020
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PS5 Pre-Launch Frenzy: Best Hope May Be Getting on Waiting List

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PS5 Pre-Launch Frenzy: Best Hope May Be Getting on Waiting List

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As many gamers discovered yesterday, not only did Sony pre-launch the PlayStation 5 a day earlier than expected, but most sites sold out of their pre-orders almost immediately. It's unclear how many restocks will take place between now and the scheduled November 12 release date, and the next-gen gaming system is so hot Amazon today notified customers lucky enough to have snagged a pre-order they might not even receive the PS5 the day it's released.

Although Sony hasn't said anything about whether inventory will be replenished between now and November 12, some retailers, such as B&H, are allowing consumers to enter their email addresses to be notified on a first-come, first-served basis when the site is restocked.

The PS5 comes in two models: a $399 Digital Edition and a $499 Standard Edition. The major difference is that the latter has a UHD Blu-ray disc drive, while the less expensive model does not. Both PS5 models are built with the same processor for high quality graphics, and both are compatible with the new DualSense wireless controller and the PULSE 3D wireless headset. In addition, new games for the PS5 have been announced, including Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, Final Fantasy XV, Five Nights at Freddy's Security Breach, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced launch date and price details for its highly anticipated next-generation videogame system, PlayStation5. SIE also revealed new updates to the PS5 game portfolio, including Final Fantasy XVI, Fortnite, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title.

On November 12, PS5 will launch in seven key markets: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa. The PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price of $399.99, and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99. Pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.

Both PS5 models use the same custom processor with integrated CPU and GPU for high-fidelity graphics up to 4K, as well as the same ultra-high speed SSD with integrated I/O that will deliver lightning-fast loading. Both PS5 models also offer a deepened sense of immersion through the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio capabilities, so players will enjoy the same transformative gameplay experiences regardless of which PS5 they choose.

"Since we first announced our next generation console last year, we have received astounding support from developers and gaming fans all around the world, and it's truly humbling," said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. "Now we are just a couple of months away from launching PS5, which will offer a new generation of experiences that go beyond players' expectations of how games can look, feel, sound, and play. We can't wait for our fans to experience for themselves the incredible speed, the heightened immersion and the breathtaking games on PS5 when we launch this November."

Adding to its growing games portfolio, SIE today unveiled several new games coming to PS5, including:

    • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Capcom)
    • Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
    • Five Nights at Freddy's Security Breach (Steel Wool Studios and ScottGames)
    • Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros. Games)
    • A new God of War title (Santa Monica Studio)

With titles such as Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon's Souls, the breadth of unique gaming experiences coming to PS5 represent the best lineup in PlayStation history. Exclusive titles from SIE Worldwide Studios will be priced at launch from US$49.99 to US$69.99 (RRP) on PS5.

To support the PlayStation4 community as they transition to the next generation when they're ready, SIE will launch PS4 versions of a few exclusive titles: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West. While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch. The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.

In addition, SIE today revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection, a curated lineup of PS4 games that defined the generation, which will be available to PS Plus members to download and play on PS5. The PS Plus Collection features critically acclaimed games, including Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more.

SIE also announced the price for the following accessories that will launch alongside the PS5 console:

    • DualSense Wireless Controller (standalone) - US$69.99
    • PULSE 3D wireless headset - with 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones US$99.99
    • HD Camera - with dual 1080p lenses for gamers to broadcast themselves along with their epic gameplay moments US$59.99
    • Media Remote - to navigate movies and streaming services with ease US$29.99
    • DualSense Charging Station - to conveniently charge two DualSense Wireless Controllers US$29.99

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