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The title pretty much says it all.  Does anybody here have any information about how many units are expected to be available for purchase without preorders?  

I've never had trouble getting a system within a few weeks of launch before by just keeping my eyes open.  But, I'm not out in stores as much this year, so I'm wondering what I should expect.  So far, I've heard no real information other than the usual "inventories will be limited until early (in the year after launch)" that is said about every launch.  

I tried to get an XSX preorder, but failed.  I forgot about PS5 preorders, so I obviously failed there too.  I'm hoping I can get one of them soon after launch.  



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VAMatt said:

The title pretty much says it all.  Does anybody here have any information about how many units are expected to be available for purchase without preorders?  

I've never had trouble getting a system within a few weeks of launch before by just keeping my eyes open.  But, I'm not out in stores as much this year, so I'm wondering what I should expect.  So far, I've heard no real information other than the usual "inventories will be limited until early (in the year after launch)" that is said about every launch.  

I tried to get an XSX preorder, but failed.  I forgot about PS5 preorders, so I obviously failed there too.  I'm hoping I can get one of them soon after launch.  

Not really anything anyone can answer for you. Gonna very from store to store. Some might do waiting lists, or be willing to tell you when they'll get new units in. My advice would be to go to the stores and ask the employees and managers if you can.



I've heard that MS and Sony will both have some non-preorder retailer stock on release day, but how many I can't say, I'm guessing only a few per retail store and a small online restock, but most of those online ones will go to preorder waiting list people. I would imagine both will have another restock within a week of release. I imagine the first large restock will be in time for black friday in the US, in particular I'm expecting MS to have alot of Series S units available in stores for Christmas shoppers, as it should fly off the shelves with parents and grandparents buying Christmas presents due to it's low $300 price tag. Should be more restocks in the subsequent weeks leading up till Christmas. I'm personally expecting heavy demand for both this Holiday, I don't see everybody who wants one being able to get one before Christmas.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 23 October 2020

Just wait a few months.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Unless you're keeping tabs on every online store and checking several times a day, I wouldn't count on being able to get a PS5 or Xbox until after the new year. (Assuming you're from the US; other regions could be different).



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Bribe an employee to hide one for you.

I know this next part isn't what you asked but, just in case you can't get one: What are you missing out on? Is there a game that you simply must play or are resolution and frame rates that big of a deal for you? Waiting sucks but if you can't get one, a lot of games will update when do finally get one (or both!) consoles. And a lot of their library will be cross gen. In any case, good luck!



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d21lewis said:

Bribe an employee to hide one for you.

I know this next part isn't what you asked but, just in case you can't get one: What are you missing out on? Is there a game that you simply must play or are resolution and frame rates that big of a deal for you? Waiting sucks but if you can't get one, a lot of games will update when do finally get one (or both!) consoles. And a lot of their library will be cross gen. In any case, good luck!

Yeah, it's not the end of the world if I can't get one.  But, I'm in the middle of construction on a new gaming/home theatre-type space in my basement, and it would be really nice to have a new console to play in my new space.  

With that said, it's not going to be complete by launch anyway, and it probably won't be properly furnished until after the first of the year.  So, waiting ain't a real big deal.  



VAMatt said:
d21lewis said:

Bribe an employee to hide one for you.

I know this next part isn't what you asked but, just in case you can't get one: What are you missing out on? Is there a game that you simply must play or are resolution and frame rates that big of a deal for you? Waiting sucks but if you can't get one, a lot of games will update when do finally get one (or both!) consoles. And a lot of their library will be cross gen. In any case, good luck!

Yeah, it's not the end of the world if I can't get one.  But, I'm in the middle of construction on a new gaming/home theatre-type space in my basement, and it would be really nice to have a new console to play in my new space.  

With that said, it's not going to be complete by launch anyway, and it probably won't be properly furnished until after the first of the year.  So, waiting ain't a real big deal.  

When you put it that way, I know that feeling. My entertainment center in my man cave is a nightmare*. It once took me a full 8 hour day to take everything out, dust, and put everything back together. I can see wanting to put everything in once and not have to worry about it again. I do wish you luck, though.

*TV, Switch, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PSVR, Kinect, Xbox 360, Dish Net, router, Wii U, a PC monitor that mirrors the main TV, a Sony storeo receiver, and Bose 901 speakers. 



Twitter: @d21lewis

d21lewis said:

Bribe an employee to hide one for you.

I know this next part isn't what you asked but, just in case you can't get one: What are you missing out on? Is there a game that you simply must play or are resolution and frame rates that big of a deal for you? Waiting sucks but if you can't get one, a lot of games will update when do finally get one (or both!) consoles. And a lot of their library will be cross gen. In any case, good luck!

This. 1000 times this. Thats all I care about next gen. Almost non existent loading times and better frame rates on current gen games is a great deal for me.



A friend of mine said that a big electronics chain he talked to said they expect the next PS5 pre orders they get to be for units they'll receive in May.
I'm hoping that info is wrong.