Update: Pre-orders are now reportedly live at Walmart, GameStop, and other locations. Despite Sony's assertion that pre-orders are starting tomorrow, it looks like a free-for-all. The original story continues below.
Sony just wrapped up a PlayStation 5 showcase where it finally revealed the prices and release date for its next-gen platform, but the video presentation curiously wrapped up without word on when people will be able to reserve a PS5 for launch. Not long after the show, PlayStation followed things up with a tweet—PS5 pre-orders start tomorrow, September 17.
A word to the wise: you may not actually be able to reserve a PS5 depending on where you live and where you're looking to buy. Sony's tweet says that pre-orders will start "as early as tomorrow at select retailers." It may be the case that people living in the United States and other regions where the PS5 will launch on November 12 can put in their pre-orders a bit earlier than those living in parts of the world where Sony's launch comes a week later on November 19.
Journalist and Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley actually tweeted out word of the pre-order date a few minutes before Sony. Keighley has since added that he has heard "some retailers may make inventory available today as well," so if you're reading this post right after it goes live, you may or may not want to check in his on Twitter this evening if you're antsy about pre-ordering.
For those looking to pre-order a PS5 straight from Sony, you may already be out of luck. Last month, Sony opened up an advance pre-order registration program to existing PSN users, citing the "limited quantity of PS5 consoles available for pre-order" as the reason for limiting the reservations. Signing up for the registry also does not guarantee an invitation to pre-order a console.
Sony will be limiting its pre-orders to one console per customer. If you get an invitation, you'll either be able to purchase one digital-only PS5 for $399.99 or one PS5 with a Bluray drive for $499.99. Pre-orders placed with Sony can also reserve a limited number of PS5 accessories, like additional DualSense controllers and Pulse 3D headsets.
According to a recent report, Sony has had to scale back its early production targets for the PS5, suggesting that there will be fewer consoles available at launch and through the holiday season than previously thought. If securing a PS5 on November 12 is a priority for you, well, now's the time to focus up and move fast. If not, you'll still be able to play the new Spider-Man on PS4, and it seems even the Demon's Souls remake is coming to other platforms as well.