Easy methods to get a PlayStation 5 on launch day

The PlayStation 5 is finally released today. If you’re looking to camp in front of your local big box dealer to get your hands on one, I have some good (ish) news. The PS5 will not be available in any physical store on launch day. As announced on the PlayStation official blog, the console can only be purchased online. If you’ve managed to successfully pre-order a PS5, don’t worry – you can still collect your PS5 from the store per the retailer’s security protocols.


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Look, I said the news was good because it means you won’t have to fight your way through a ridiculous crowd while we are still in the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years. You can sit in the comfort of your own socially distant home and just keep clicking the update button to try and ship a PS5 right to your doorstep. However, as anyone who has tried to pre-order the highly anticipated next-gen console knows, trying to get one online is an extreme pain. (After clicking refresh over and over for 30 minutes, I entered my billing information before my PS5 just disappeared from my cart. It’s no fun.)

Even so, every major retailer today will have some consoles in stock. In the interest of the public service, I’ve collected a number of links on how to buy the PS5 below. And if you can’t get one this week, don’t be too crazy – major retailers will continue to stock the consoles throughout the holiday season (especially around Black Friday). So just keep trying your luck. Walmart has announced that it will roll out its stock at 3-hour intervals starting at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday. New waves will be posted at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. PT. At the time of this writing, it is unclear when the other major retailers will have their PS5 inventory available, but it is safe to sign up early Thursday morning and stay up to date throughout the day. If you manage to get a console, check out our reviews for it Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to find out which games to pick up to take a spin.

Here’s where to look for a PS5 on Thursday:

Amazon PS5 / PS5 Digital

Best Buy PS5 / PS5 Digital

Gamestop PS5 / PS5 Digital

Target PS5 / PS5 Digital

Walmart PS5 / PS5 Digital

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