Sony’s next-gen con­sole is a week away from launch, and the crazi­ness sur­round­ing the PS5 just keeps going. Unlike the pre­vi­ous con­sole gen­er­a­tion, there are sev­er­al fac­tors chang­ing how this launch kicks off.

Sony’s pre­orders were an absolute mess, with some retail­ers over­selling pre­orders, mean­ing some of these orders will be shipped passed the PS5’s launch date. If you could­n’t grab a pre­order, then you may have a real­ly hard time get­ting a console. 

Due to the COVID-19, not only has the sup­ply chain for build­ing these con­soles been dis­rupt­ed, but it’s now forc­ing retail­ers to aban­don reg­u­lar launch rou­tines. Sony has con­firmed that all day-of launch sales will be con­duct­ed through online retailers. 

There will be no in-store PS5 units avail­able on Novem­ber 12th, but if you had pre­vi­ous­ly pre­ordered the PS5 for pick-up, you can still do so dur­ing the allot­ted time at your des­ig­nat­ed retail­er. Those plan­ning to do in-store pick­up should con­firm those details with the retail­er, as not­ed by Sony. 

In an updat­ed PS Blog post, Sid Shu­man, senior direc­tor of SIE con­tent com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said it’s all about safe­ty. “Please don’t plan on camp­ing out or lin­ing up at your local retail­er on launch day in hopes of find­ing a PS5 con­sole for pur­chase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.”