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.”