The consoles will be on sale in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on 12 November 2020. Sadly, the UK (and the rest of the world) will have a week to wait – as it goes on sale everywhere else on 19 November 2020.
However, Sony has revealed that pre-orders will start "as early as tomorrow" from selected retailers, and that appears to include the UK. Some retailers have moved even faster - GameStop Ireland's pre-orders have already opened and in fact sold out - so watch out for more retailers opening orders over the next day or two.
PS5 pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers.— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 16, 2020
The PS5 consoles will go head-to-head with Microsoft's offering when they all go on sale in November. The flagship Xbox Series X costs £449.99/$499.99, whilst a more affordable version with no disk drive and lower specs – the Xbox Series S – will cost £249.99/$299.99. The latter vastly undercuts even the PS5 Digital Edition, but does so by dropping the specs and ditching 4K, which Sony's cheaper console keeps.
The PS5 comes only in white, and will come with all-new DualSense controllers. The CPU and GPU will have the ability to power [email protected] gameplay experiences, and the console will come equipped with 825GB SSD storage and 16GB GDDR6 RAM.
Sony has also revealed the games it's publishing that will be available from launch day, but bear in mind that other publishers will also be releasing games for day one:
- Astro’s Playroom (pre-installed on PS5)
- Demon’s Souls
- Destruction All Stars
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Sackboy A Big Adventure