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Honkai: Star Rail PS5 release times and preload

Get ready for the Astral Express to depart
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It’s finally time for Honkai: Star Rail to make its way onto PS5. After releasing for PC, iOS, and Android earlier this year with great success, HoYoverse’s space RPG will finally be available for the Sony console in October 2023. Join the crew of the Astral Express on its interstellar travels and discover the fate destiny has in store for you alongside the colorful cast of playable Honkai: Star Rail characters.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Honkai: Star Rail PS5 release times and preload – you don’t want to miss this interstellar train’s departure or the conductor will be quite mad at you.

Honkai: Star Rail PS5 version artwork.

Honkai: Star Rail PS5 launches alongside the 1.4 update for the game.

Honkai: Star Rail PS5 release times

Honkai: Star Rail is out for PS5 on October 11, 2023, with the unlock time estimated to be around 6am CST (UTC+8) based on the fact that players can receive special rewards for purchasing a pre-order bundle before that specific time.

Here are the Honkai: Star Rail PS5 release times for all time zones:

  • October 10, 2023, 3pm PT
  • October 10, 2023, 5pm CT
  • October 10, 2023, 6pm ET
  • October 10, 2023, 11pm BST
  • October 11, 2023, 12am CEST
  • October 11, 2023, 3:30am IST
  • October 11, 2023, 6am CST
  • October 11, 2023, 7am KST/JST
  • October 11, 2023, 9am AEDT
  • October 11, 2023, 11am NZDT

We’ll update you here in case those times should change before release.

Honkai: Star Rail PS5 preload

You can preload Honkai: Star Rail on PS5 only if you purchase the pre-order bundle on the PlayStation Store for a price of $9.99 USD. This will enable you to get into the game as soon as the servers are online. Otherwise you won’t be able to download the game prior to launch.

The Honkai: Star Rail pre-order bundle comes with a bunch of in-game items making the start a little bit easier, such as plenty of XP materials for characters and weapons as well as credits. In terms of gacha currency, the bundle only contains two regular Star Rail Passes – a negligible amount.

Players who've already played Honkai: Star Rail on another platform can simply continue where they left off on the PS5 as long as their accounts are connected, so no worries about having to start from scratch – cross-progression between platforms is very much a thing.

Honkai: Star Rail will be free-to-play on PS5 and won’t require PS Plus to work despite being an online-only title.