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The company announced the news in a PlayStation Blog post, where they annocuned that will launch day sales of the PS5 will only take place online this year. It added that anyone who has already arranged for an in-store pick-up “should still be able to do so at their designated appointment time, under the retailer’s safety protocols”.
Due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the company said it felt that keeping all orders online was the best way to “keep gamers, retailers and staff safe”. It later iterated that consumers should not “plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase” and for everyone to “be safe, stay home, and place your order online.”
No confirmation has been made as to whether stores will receive stock after the launch dates.
The initial wave of PS5 pre-orders was a messy affair and resulted in the company coming forward and apologising for the way it handled things. Originally, it was said that pre-orders would not go up at a moments notice, however, after the PS5 launch details were revealed, retailers quickly took to opening up their orders.
Sony also recently stated that there has been a “very considerable” demand for the console. According to the company, the first 12 hours of pre-orders matched that of the first 12 weeks of the PS4’s lifespan.