PS5 pre-order deals and bundles

Released worldwide in likely October or November 2020, Console Deals is the only website you’ll need to compare the best prices on the PS5, including deals on the console itself and on bundles. We compare offers from dozens of UK retailers, so be sure to check back regularly for all the latest PS5 pre-order news.

Blockbuster franchises will return in 2020 exclusive to PS5

The PlayStation 4 platform is currently enjoying great financial and critical success, having launched in 2013 to quickly sell 100 million units and become the most popular home video game console. Holiday 2020 will see it replaced with the imminent arrival of PlayStation 5, however, kicking off a totally new generation with lots to look forward to.

Our first look at several PlayStation 5 titles arrived in June, with some already available to pre-order. Two of the PS4’s biggest exclusives, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn are both getting sequels (Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon II: Forbidden West). Major new projects from third party studios include Counterplay Games’ Godfall, Bethesda’s Ghostwire: Tokyo and Capcom’s Resident Evil Village. We’re also seeing entries in classic PlayStation series, with a fourth mainline Crash Bandicoot game and a new Ratchet and Clank adventure to look forward to.

When is the PS5 release date?

Currently, we have nothing more specific than ‘Holiday 2020’ for the official release of the PS5, but based on previous console launches, we can pinpoint the release date with a solid degree of accuracy.

While both Sony and Microsoft will be keen to be the ones to launch their console first, we predict both will hold off until November. In Sony’s case, this is when the original PS4 and PS4 Pro both launched, and was the intended release month for the PS3 before it was delayed in Europe. November is traditionally the biggest month of the year for gaming retail, hence why November is popular.

All the initial versions of the four PlayStation consoles have launched in Europe on a Friday, and that’s likely to be the case again, given Friday is now the gaming industry’s de facto day to launch new games and hardware. However, Sony will want to avoid the final Friday in November 2020, as this is Black Friday. They’ll no doubt want their new flagship console to get the limelight all to itself.

The latest news regarding the PS5’s release date came via a job listing for Sony, which stated that the PS5 would be released in October. This is a bit earlier than we would have expected, particularly with the on-going issues surrounding all global tech production, but would support the above theory that both Sony and Microsoft will be absolutely desperate to be the first to launch.

When will PS5 pre-orders be available?

At the moment, there’s been no suggestion about when we might see the first available pre-orders for the PS5. Most retailers will begin offering pre-orders before they’ve got concrete information about exactly how many units they’ll get, and possibly even before they have the launch date of the console locked in (several retailers such as Amazon did this prior to the launch of the PS4_. However, they will need a firm launch price so people know how much they’re agreeing to pay.

So, when are we likely to know what the PS5 will cost at launch? As we’ve covered a lot, neither Sony or Microsoft will be keen to be the first one to commit to a price for their next gen console. One of the key factors in PS4 vastly outselling the Xbox One was the fact that the PS4 launched at a lower RRP, giving it an early advantage that it never relinquished. However, someone will have to go at some point. The Xbox One and PS4 both had their prices revealed at the annual E3 conference in June. This year, it’s been cancelled, however we’re still expecting that we might get the pre-order pricing information in early-to-mid June. Keep your eyes peeled on this page, and sign up to our email alerts.

The most powerful PlayStation console released

The next generation of consoles will bring with it a much higher level of graphical fidelity, with further refinements made to reduce load times and push faster frame rates. The PlayStation 5 will achieve this using a bespoke 8-core AMD chipset and a custom SSD. PSVR will also continue to be supported, with all pre-existing headsets compatible with PS4 already confirmed to work with PlayStation 5. We’ll know for sure in a few short months, but PS5 will be the most powerful PlayStation ever.

PS5 console

A revised controller design for PlayStation 5

While the final aesthetic for the actual console remains a mystery, a good indication of what it will look like can probably be clued in by the PS5 controller. The DualSense replaces the Dualshock as the PlayStation 5’s official gamepad of choice, shaking up the design and baking in several new modern features that make for the ultimate immersive experience. Adaptative triggers on the L2 and R2 buttons, for example, allows the controller to depict the feel of in-game actions as realistically as possible. As such, drawing back a bowstring or firing a gun delivers the appropriate haptic feedback.

The DualSense PS5 controller also features a built-in mic, removing the need for players to use a dedicated headset for chat. Then you have the revised lightbar and touchpad design, which is a lot less garish compared to how the DualShock 4 handled the concept. Also gone is the dedicated “Share” button, now replaced by the ominous “Create” button that PlayStation has yet to elaborate on outside of teasing how it will offer “new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world”. The DualSense controller will arrive alongside PlayStation 5 later this year.

Two models to choose from

Though the PS4 has embraced two console models side by side – the Slim and more powerful Pro – it’s been traditional that new consoles have launched with only one model. However, that is no longer the case with the PS5. Launching alongside a traditional console that features a Blu-ray disc drive is the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which features no drive and will instead rely on digital downloads of games.  While we don’t yet have pricing information, we can be confident that the Digital Edition will come in at a lower price point, much like the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition has.

PS5 digital edition

PlayStation 5 Specs

Release Date Holiday 2020
Price TBA
RAM 24GB total with reportedly 20GB GDDR6
Storage 825GB Custom SSD
Ray Tracing Yes
Backwards Compatibility Yes (initially only 100 PS4 games)
Maximum Resolution 8k
Chipset Bespoke 8-core AMD
Maximum Framerate 120 frames per second