PlayStation 5 launch confirmed


Ready for the PlayStation 5? You can now preorder the new console “at select retailers” for $500 (£450, AU$750) for the Blu-ray equipped version — or $400 (£360, AU$600) for the digital-only PS5. Both consoles will ship on Nov. 12 in the US, with online preorders at some major retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop and Target already starting (and selling out quickly).

Wednesday’s reveal finally gives a firm price and release date for Sony’s next PlayStation beyond the vague “holiday 2020” time frame the company previously used when describing its upcoming system. Sony initially said preorders would begin Thursday before retailers decided to go ahead a day early.

Microsoft beat Sony to the plate, announcing the rival Xbox Series X and Series S earlier this month. The Xbox Series X and Series S will arrive on Nov. 10 for $500 and $300 respectively.

While Sony’s said the disc-less PS5 will have the same chips and performance of its Blu-ray-equipped cousin, Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is designed as a less powerful sibling of the Series X.

In addition to the console price and release date, Sony also detailed pricing for accessories, including $70 for a standalone DualSense wireless controller and $100 for its Pulse 3D wireless headset. Launch title pricing for the PS5 will range from $50 to $70, depending on the game.

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