Sony India will be training retailers on the PS5 and its features this week onwards according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. While the PS5 does not have an India release date or pre-order details just yet, these are likely to change seeing that store staff across the country will be schooled on the console’s finer details. This makes sense when you consider that last week Sony India employees underwent PS5 training and the company has plans to change its current PS5 messaging from late 2020. It seems that we may not have to wait too long for an actual PS5 release date. We reached out to Sony for comment and will update this story if we hear from it.

This would also mean that the console has passed BIS certification. Earlier we reported that the PS5 doesn’t have an India release date yet and it’s possibly due to Sony submitting the console for BIS compliance — India’s mandatory certification process for electronics — on October 22, 2020, five days after revealing its price on October 17, 2020. This information was first made public by a Twitter account that tracks India release information regarding the PS5. The Mako Reactor has confirmed the veracity of these claims.

Prior to this, readers of The Mako Reactor were been told by Sony Centers — Sony’s own franchised stores, that they can expect PS5 pre-orders to go live before the end of December with the console launching mid-January. Some of them have been taking pre-order payments up front as well. Odd considering that Sony hasn’t allowed any store to start taking pre-orders yet.

We reached out to multiple Sony Centers across the country — Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi, and Raipur among others, and we were met with a similar response: a January release window with pre-orders before the end of December. According to the store managers we spoke to, Sony India has told them that these plans will be revealed officially soon.

PS5 India launch timeline

As you can see from the timeline above, this is one console launch that’s been exceptionally mismanaged even by Sony’s own standards for the country. Hopefully we see an India release date soon.