Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the excitement surrounding next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 sold out of its initial pre order stock very quickly after pre-sales went live. Many of those who did not manage to snatch one up before launch may have been planning to camp outside a shop in the hopes that they could get one on launch day. While more PS5 stock will be made available, fans will be forced to order online in order to help prevent the spread of the virus.
In a statement on its blog, PlayStation announced that “the launch of the PlayStation 5 console on November 12 (or November 19, depending on your region) is almost upon us! In the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19, today we are confirming that all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners.”
The way this will work is that “No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – 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.”
While it is undoubtedly an exciting feeling camping outside your local gaming shop waiting to be one of the first to get your hands on the next-generation of consoles, the health and safety of everyone is rightfully a higher priority. So while it is disappointing that the next generation won’t begin as many had hoped, Sony’s decision is ultimately a commendable and responsible one.
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