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. 

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 Xbox Series X lineup will go on sale slightly earlier on 10 November 2020, but pre-orders start next week on 22 September on retailers such as Microsoft and Amazon

The PS5 will come in two colour variants – white and black and solid black – 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

Other games coming to the PlayStation 5 in the future and revealed in today’s stream include Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy and God of War: Ragnarok