Update, 9/24: GameStop has confirmed that tomorrow (September 25) will provide more PS5 pre-order inventory through physical means and through the website. However, there is no mention of the start time or how many hosts are planned to be sold, so “check early and check often” may still be the best advice.
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The first wave of PS5 pre-orders did not go well, but your potential buyers may soon have another opportunity. GameStop may be preparing to sell the second batch of PS5 as early as tomorrow (September 25), but there are three important caveats: you must place the order in person, (probably) you will not be able to use the console on the day it goes on sale, and not every store has stock. Consider yourself being warned.
Information from Wario64: This is a popular Twitter character, usually the first to jump into major game sales, pre-orders, and other information related to buying games. However, we should remind readers that, in this case, his source is an employee in a single GameStop store. Therefore, compared with “camping in front of the local store”
GameStop will make in-store reservations for PlayStation 5 (Disc) this Friday. These PS5s will not be released on the day of the release, but may be released within a week or two after the release. GameStop has not been officially announced, but this is what I heard from an employee September 23, 2020
He wrote: “GameStop will make in-store pre-orders for PlayStation 5 (Disc) this Friday.” (At the time of writing, the time is tomorrow: September 25.) “These PS5s will not be released on the day of release, but It may be within one to two weeks after launch.” In addition, not every GameStop has pre-order inventory.
There is nothing particularly strange about this information. Sony promised that from now to November, it will continue to replenish PS5 pre-order inventory, and GameStop is one of the major U.S. game console retailers. In-store reservations are also meaningful. If the inventory is limited, storing it online will not meet many needs, and without another website crash, it will cause many disappointed customers.
On the other hand, even if the information is accurate, this does not sound like the source of the new PS5 pre-orders. The physical GameStop location cannot guarantee many units in the first pre-order wave, and sometimes each store sells 10 or less. This sounds like a limited opportunity, especially because not every store can guarantee more inventory. The only sure way seems to be to go to your local store sometime tomorrow. You can also try to make a phone call, but “in-store” sounds like retailers won’t make reservations over the phone.
However, if you live near GameStop and are absolutely eager to pre-order the PS5, then there is no harm in checking it. Please note that if you want the PS5 digital version, you may have to wait, as this round seems to only apply to the CD-enabled version. (There are many reasons why GameStop prioritizes the disc-based PS5, especially because retailers get much more revenue from physical sales than digital products.)
Otherwise, the best option to pre-order the PS5 is to continue to check with the major retailers that provide the product. “Tom’s Guide” has a dedicated PS5 pre-order page, you can register for the latest update of PS5 pre-order below. Also, just wait until the console comes out and use it extensively. In any case, you can get most startup titles on other systems.