(Pocket-lint) - PlayStation 5 pre-orders are now live, but you'll be lucky to snap one up at this stage but there should be a decent enough amount of stock to go around at launch. 

The standard PS5 with its disc drive costs $499 or £449, while the PS5 Digital Edition is $399 or £359.

Of course, the initial pre-order allocations went quickly; Amazon sold out in minutes on both sides of the Atlantic and numerous other retailers had stock but don't any longer.

It's certainly the case that the PS5 pre-order has been VERY haphazard with different retailers announcing stock at different times and general confusion about what is available when. 

Sony tweeted on 19 September to "truly apologise" for the mess and said " PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details." So we'll update this story when we have more details.

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Of course, it's tempting to see the scramble for pre-orders as an intentional marketing ploy - less initial stock seems to mean more buzz and excitement. 

Even though some recent reports suggested Sony had reduced its PS5 inventory to 11 million PlayStation 5 consoles either manufactured or on order - something Sony denied - it still means there should be roughly enough consoles to go round if history is anything to go by. 11 million is slightly higher than the number of units that were made in the initial PS4 run. The question is whether there is increased demand this time around. 

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Retailers seem a little in the dark as to whether they will get more stock. When we asked whether this was the only pre-order that UK retailer Game would do, a spokesperson replied: "At the moment Game is asking customers to register interest - it has not confirmed either way whether there will or won't be more available at this stage." So it's possible that some sold-out retailers will return.

And Currys PC World sent us a statement to say that it would have no more stock, only for the retailer to email people on its mailing list giving them a countdown time for pre-orders. So there may be more, there may not. 

The latest PS5 pre-order links for retailers

We're not listing retailers here who we know have sold out of their current pre-order allocation. 

US

Walmart - stock seems to come and go

Best Buy - more stock expected?

UK

eBuyer - now sold out 

Argos - awaiting stock

Very - had a second round of pre-orders that came and went

The standard PlayStation 5 price is on a par with the Xbox Series X, so it seems Sony waited to find out what Microsoft was up to before releasing final prices. In some countries, however, the PS5 works out as a little more expensive.

The PS5 Digital Edition clocks in at $100/£110 more than the Xbox Series S, but has a better spec list as it is essentially identical to the standard PS5, just without a 4K Blu-ray drive.

Various bundles are available, including the DualSense controller, while there's also a charging dock, headphones, HD camera and a media remote as available accessories.

However, the PS5 release date is a little strange - 12 November in the US and selected other countries (Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea) before a 19 November 'rest of the world' rollout. This includes the UK. 

    Finally, if you want to see full details on the PS5 specs, games and much more, here's everything you need to know about Sony's next-gen consoles.

    Writing by Dan Grabham.