This is it, folks: As of today — Thursday, Nov. 12 — the Sony PS5 is officially available in the US. Both versions of the PlayStation 5 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.)
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 preorder 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 very 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:
We still expect those to sell out instantaneously, but at least you know when you can start hitting the refresh button.
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