You won’t be able to get a PS5 in stores for a while, including on launch day.
With states across the US seeing record COVID-19 cases, changes are sure to arise with the release of both the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5 in the coming week, and Sony has already clarified one of them. Sony released a statement on their blog that the PlayStation 5 will only be available on retailers’ websites at launch, stating that “no units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day.” This is in attempts to avoid individuals camping outside to get their hands on the next gen console on release day. Therefore, instead of camping outside of your local Best Buy or GameStop, you can now campout in front of your computer to snag one of the rare PS5s and be an early adopter.
While this is an excellent attempt at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keep “gamers, retailers, and staff safe,” it is uncertain if you will be able to pick up the consoles the same day as purchase or if you will have to wait to get your hands on the next gen console. The good news is that this does not affect anyone who has already placed a pre-order on the console. Hopefully, those with pre-orders will not be the only ones unboxing the coveted next gen consoles on release day!
Were you able to seize a pre-order or will you be camping out in front of the computer?