It turns out the PS5 will be up for pre-order soon in some regions according to a new page on Sony’s US website, suggesting we should see a PS5 price and release date shortly. Considering that PS5 pre-orders would begin around the same time the world over, this is possibly our first hint of what to expect. According to what the company has put up, PS5 consoles will be in “limited quantity” for pre-order and existing consumers will get a chance to pre-order one directly from Sony. It also says that pre-order reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.
As per the PS5 FAQs page those selected will be emailed before pre-orders start. Users can only pre-order one PS5 per PSN ID, getting an invite to pre-order does not guarantee you’ll be able to pre-order one further stressing on its limited supply.
Interestingly, Sony also notes that each invite is open for a limited time and quantities are limited per PSN ID per transaction to the following:
- 1 PS5 Console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
- 2 DualSense wireless controllers
- 2 DualSense charging stations
- 2 Pulse 3D wireless headsets
- 2 Media remotes
- 2 HD Cameras
Can you order a PS5 if you don’t live in the US?
Sony’s pre-order page states that if “you receive an invite and units are still available, as long as you ship to a US based address, your pre-order reservation will be allowed. Any orders that contain a non-US based address will be cancelled.”
India PS5 pre-orders
This direct from Sony pre-order option is in sharp contrast to how the company conducts business in markets like India. It will be interesting to see if it rolls out a similar program here. At the moment though, if you want to pre-order the PS5 in India it appears that only four retailers are going to get it. No independent retailers or large format stores like Croma or Reliance Digital appear to have any PS5 listings right now. 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. During the PS4 launch, BIS rules ensured that initial supply was inconsistent at best and the PS4 Pro had stock shortages for nearly a year since its India release date. Throw in the current political tensions regarding China that have impacted some aspects of the games business, we won’t be surprised to see some of the volatility hit the console space if this continues.
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.
Previously, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said the company wanted a global PS5 launch and all of this points to Sony trying to make it happen. This is more than what can be said of Microsoft. Although Phil Spencer is aware that not launching outside of the US has hampered the Xbox brand we’re yet to hear a word regarding Xbox Series X pre-orders in India or otherwise.