With PS5 pre-orders rumoured to go live from July 13, certain Indian retailers have had their PS5 pre-order listings updated to include a form to gauge buyer intent. In addition to asking what games would be customers would get (missing from the games list is Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which is odd considering it’s slated to release during the launch window, the omission is probably an error), it also asks whether they would prefer the PS5 Digital Edition or the standard PS5 with a disc drive. Other questions include when customers would buy the PS5 (which choices ranging from ‘At Launch’ to ‘1 year after launch), what consoles they own, and if they’re PS Plus subscribers. The form pretty much implies that India will get the PS5 in the same launch window as the rest of the world.
The listing was spotted on specialist retailer Games The Shop. Considering its parent company E-xpress works with Sony to distribute PS Plus subscriptions and PSN wallet top-ups, it’s safe to say that Sony has requested the addition of this form. We’d speculate that it’s just a matter of time before we see the same on the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, and Sony’s own ShopatSC.com as well.
Given that only these stores have the PS5 listed, it’s safe to say that Sony has a preferred partners list and they’re on it. No independent retailers or large format stores like Croma or Reliance Digital appear to have any PS5 listings at the moment. It will be interesting to see if more stores stock the PS5 at launch in India. While we have asked Sony if it would be exclusive to these outlets, there’s been no reply to our request for comment just yet. With supplies expected to be limited, we don’t expect most Indian game stores to stock the PS5 officially at launch in the country.
Where to buy the PS5 in India
- Games The Shop: the specialist retailer has the PS5 listed for pre-order registration. Considering its parent company E-xpress works with Sony in terms of distributing and selling digital codes for the PS Store and PS Plus, it’s a safe bet that it would have stock in time for launch.
- Amazon India: the e-commerce giant has always had a decent foothold in the games space in India in terms of volumes and scale. Outside of its Xbox One launch, the company has never really delivered on day one deliveries for games. Most notoriously with FIFA 16, 17, and 18 all being delayed. Perhaps it would fare better with the PS5.
- Flipkart: the Walmart-owned company was one of the earliest proponents of online sales. However it hasn’t been as aggressive as it used to be (which is a good thing when you consider how mismanaged past efforts have been). Hopefully it handles the PS5 launch efficiently.
- ShopAtSC.com: SC is short for Sony Center, which is Sony’s retail chain with a huge offline presence. Going online is a smart move if Sony decide to leverage its Sony Centers for delivery making it a strong option for PS5 pre-orders.