If you thought the race to buy consoles would be a little easier this Black Friday, think again. Semiconductor shortages have made buying a PlayStation 5 extremely difficult over the past year, so it’ll be as hot as ever during this year’s shopping spree. If you want to secure one, that means you have to wake up at dawn and beat the line. However, it might be worth the movie; This is your rare chance to get one before the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know to hit one this year.
Black Friday is the best time to buy a PS5 – but buy the deals early
Take this as a stark warning: You don’t want to wait to get your hands on a PS5 this year. If you’re hoping you’ll find one in stores a week before Christmas, a harsh reality check is on your way. Black Friday could be your last chance to get one, and you should take it as such.
Finally the keyword here. If you can get your hands on a PS5 before the rush, you should. There is no guarantee that it will arrive in time during the holidays if you place your order on Black Friday (due to lack of chips), so you can get it as soon as possible. You’ll want to keep an eye out for retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, who tend to have new sales in batches. If you want to wait for Black Friday deals, consider it an emergency option if all else fails.
The key here is not to overemphasize finding the best savings. Considering that the console is a year old and still as hot as ever, it’s unlikely to drop in price. No matter where you go, it’ll cost you $500 (or $550 for the version with the drive), so we don’t recommend waiting to see if that price drops. Game consoles in general don’t tend to get huge discounts, so you’ll end up paying the same amount whenever you get it.
Instead of big discounts, you’ll want to keep an eye out for packages. Some retailers, like GameStop, tend to sell the PS5 as a more expensive bundle that comes with a few games, an extra controller, or more. The price tags on such plans may look steep, but they can be cost-effective in the long run. You rarely just buy a console for someone. In general, you usually want to join a game or subscribe to PS Plus to complete the bundle. Bundles are a great way to kill a few birds with one stone and ensure that your loved ones can actually start playing their PS5 right away.
Why buy PS5
A PS5 is worth your headache and $500, depending on your gaming needs. It’s a great console that includes some unique features. The Dualsense controller is particularly interesting, as it includes haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. That makes PS5 games feel more immersive than any other console.
It is also a technical powerhouse. With the right TV, you’ll be able to enjoy select games in 4K at 60fps. Drop it down to 1080p and you’ll get 120 frames per second, which is equally impressive. If you can’t afford to build a high-end PC (or don’t want to spend the money), the PS5 is now a decent alternative. You can’t upgrade it, but the system should be preserved for a bit into the future, as Sony plans to add 8K support eventually.
The main reason to get PS5 is Its game library. Like Nintendo, Sony has doubled down on console-exclusive features that you won’t find on any other system. While the system didn’t have many must-have titles last year, 2021 is a different story. Games like Deathloop, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Profit are some of the best major titles of the year. They can’t be played on PS4, so you’ll need the latest PlayStation if you want to try them out (Deathloop on PC, but more stable on PS5).
If you don’t buy a new system now, you probably won’t at some point. Some games are still supporting the older generation, but that is sure to change in the next year or two. If you want to make sure you have access to any new titles, you’ll want to keep up with the current generation. As for the new consoles coming out, there’s a good reason the PS5 has become such a hot commodity. With upcoming PS5 games like Forbidden Horizon in the West and God of War Ragnarok next year it will be console to own in 2022.