PS5 vs Xbox Series X release date: Which next-gen console will launch first?

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The new consoles are coming soon. Following months of speculation about release dates, both Microsoft and Sony have finally revealed the when their next-gen consoles will launch.

The reveal of these dates marks the end of a long period of release date speculation, fueled by 'insider' and leaks, before finally being put to bed by official announcements from the two companies.

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To find out all you need to know about the next-gen release dates, read on to see which is launching first!

PS5 and Xbox Series X release dates

While Sony undoubtedly has a stronger position going into this console generation, that means that Microsoft is a little hungrier for success.

Whether this means that Microsoft was vying for an earlier release date, we don't know, but the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch earlier than the PlayStation 5 on November 10.

The PlayStation 5 will launch two days later on November 12, alongside the PS5 Digital Edition. However, this is only in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Customers in the rest of the world will need to wait until November 19 to receive their PS5.

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The Xbox just pipped the PS5 to release first, although we're not sure if it's a race..

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Will the Xbox and PlayStation release dates affect sales?

Ultimately, release dates don't often impact a console's sale figures as much as its price, or list of games will. Those who want to play Spider-Man: Miles Moraleswill likely buy a PS5, while those who are excited for Halo Infinitewill buy an Xbox Series X.

However, if we were to speculate, we'd say that the Xbox may benefit from these launch dates, especially outside of North America. The Xbox Series X launches worldwide on the same day, possibly meaning some gamers in Europe, for example, may instead opt for the Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 pre-order dates

Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are now available to pre-order!

However, securing your next-gen console might not be as simple as we first thought, amid low levels of stock. The PS5 quickly sold out across most retailers when pre-orders went live on September 17, although we'd recommend keeping an eye on the Amazon page here just in case it gets restocked.

The Xbox Series X's pre-orders went live on September 22 and has also seen a huge number of pre-orders. You can check out the Series X's pre-order page from Amazon here.

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