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PlayStation 5 pre-orders opening Thursday

Sony’s next-gen consoles are coming Nov. 12

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Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Update (8:25 p.m.): Surprise! PlayStation 5 pre-orders have actually gone live already at some retailers.

Walmart began taking orders earlier this evening for the standard PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition, but both are currently out of stock.

Target is up, too, for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition.

GameStop announced that it has begun taking pre-orders via its website and its app, as well as in stores, for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition.

Best Buy is now taking pre-orders, too, on both its U.S. website (standard PS5, PS5 Digital Edition) and its Canadian site (standard PS5, PS5 Digital Edition).

Shoppers can also keep an eye on the PS5 landing pages at Amazon.

Original story: Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console, the PlayStation 5, will be released on Nov. 12 for $499, the company announced Wednesday. The PS5 Digital Edition, without an optical disc drive, will cost $399. Pre-orders for both systems will go live on Thursday “at select retailers.”

Specific retailers or timing haven’t been announced. However, in an update on the PlayStation blog published after the event, Sony suggested checking with local stores.

In late August, Sony began offering a limited number of pre-order slots on its website. Though the offer, Sony allowed select “existing consumers” to register for a chance to pre-order the console. Pre-orders through PlayStation will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis when invitations are sent out. The selection process is “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities,” Sony said. Registering for a chance to pre-order, however, doesn’t guarantee a console. Sony hasn’t said when these invitations are going out.

The PlayStation 4 was released in 2013 for $399, a lower price than its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which was priced at $499 and $599 at launch. Sony’s competitor, Microsoft, announced pricing and timing for its own next-generation consoles — the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S — earlier in September. The Xbox Series X will cost $499, while the smaller Xbox Series S will cost $299. Pre-orders for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles open on Sept. 22.

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