At the PS5 Showcase, Sony finally revealed the PS5 price and release date. The PS5 price is $399 for the Digital Edition and $499 for the variant with the disc drive. The PS5 release date is November 12 in US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The rest of the world gets it on November 19. Though Sony has stated that “availability in each region subject to local import regulations.”

While no India price or release date has been given yet, we won’t be surprised if it’s delayed for India. That said, we expect an India price of Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 45,000 for the PS5 Digital Edition and Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 55,000 for PS5 with a disc drive.

PS5 India release date delayed by BIS?

While Sony is yet to reveal if India gets the PS5 the same time as the rest of the world, its track record here has been abysmal. With the PS4, 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. Even right now, retailers are unable to get access to DualShock 4 controllers, let alone PS4 consoles to meet demand. We won’t be surprised to see the company push PS4 hardware in India while the PS5 goes on sale internationally, a similar strategy employed during the PS4’s launch which saw Sony market the PS3 heavily in India.

PS5 specifications

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
  • GPU Architecture: Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory/Interface: 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
  • Memory Bandwidth: 448GB/s
  • Internal Storage: Custom 825GB SSD
  • I/O Throughput: 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
  • Expandable storage: NVMe SSD Slot
  • External storage: USB HDD Support
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-Ray Drive

Where to buy the PS5 in India

Only six stores in India have PS5 listings. Possibly indicative of limited supply.

  • 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.
  • 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. Interestingly, it’s the only site with full PS5 specifications which is probably accurate considering well, it’s an online Sony Center.
  • Croma: the large format Indian consumer electronics retailer has put up its PS5 listingthis week. Absent from selling video games for most of the generation in any meaningful way, the reasons for this turnaround are unknown but its presence is welcome all the same.
  • Reliance Digital: much like Croma, Reliance Digital hasn’t been too active in the video games space during the PS4  era. However it has the biggest footprint compared to the rest and has the PS5 listed too. Perhaps a way for Sony to broad-base PS5 pre-orders by reaching new audiences? We’ll probably know soon enough.

PS5 India launch availability: will all stores have it?

Given that only these six 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 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.

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