The company revealed the collection, which takes its inspiration from the PS5’s colourway of blue, white and dark grey, on Twitter. Among the items for sale are beanie hats, bomber jackets and PlayStation-branded backpacks. There is also a ski suit with the PS5 logo emblazoned across it that will cost almost US$350.
Check out the tweet below.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 5, 2020
However, the apparel collect has since received a mixed reaction from fans and detractors alike. Some have pointed out the expensive prices of the items – for example, 18 inch x 11 inch backpack costs USD$229.95, which is half the price of the actual PS5 console – while others are questioning the style of the products, with their mix of streetwear with console branding.
Read a couple of the tweets below.
— 𝔽𝕠𝕩𝔼𝕟𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕖 🏳️🌈 (@ax_zer0) November 5, 2020
I love PlayStation but imagine wearing this shirt pic.twitter.com/JmGYmNcM8h
— Mohamed Enieb (@its_menieb) November 5, 2020
Some fans have also taken to social media with memes about the collection, poking fun at both the apparel and Sony’s limited stock for the PlayStation 5. “Now I can look like this while I refresh every website, knowing full well that I’ll never get a PS5 before 2021,” one user wrote, alongside a badly photoshopped image of them holding on to the Sony apparel.
Thanks! Now I can look like this while I refresh every website, knowing full well that I'll never get a PS5 before 2021 pic.twitter.com/idU6rvCl2m
— Gonçalo (@goncalo_roxo) November 5, 2020
Back in September, Sony was criticised for a messy pre-order launch for the PS5. The company had originally stated that pre-sales for the console were set to launch a day after a September 16 showcase, however a number of retailers jumped the gun and launched pre-orders almost immediately.
Sony later addressed the pre-order situation while promising that more units would be made available soon. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details,” it said.
Earlier this month, Sony confirmed that there will be no in-store sales of the PS5 on launch day this year. 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”.