Getting a PS5 launch system might not involve visiting an actual store. Sony announced that instead, it will have online PS5 sales only. SIE Content Communications Senior Director Sid Shuman took to the PlayStation Blog to reveal the COVID-19 pandemic-related endeavor designed to help keep people safe.
Here’s how things will work. If someone doesn’t already have a PS5 ordered, they won’t be able to show up at a store on the day it comes out to get one. Instead, the PS5 launch will be conducted on certain stores’ websites. Orders will open, people can purchase a system, and then, depending on the options available, could choose to have the PS5 shipped to their home or the store to pick up.
Sony also clarified that people who did pre-order a PS5 and set it to arrive on a certain day will be able to still get it that day. So if they perhaps were going for an in-store pickup option at a place that offers it, like Best Buy, they can.
Sony didn’t say which stores will be participating in the PS5 launch sales. However, ahead of launch outlets like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart were taking orders.
The PlayStation 5 will launch in Australia, Japan, North America, and South Korea on November 12, 2020 and in the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. While it won’t be in-stores on launch day, Target’s sale ad for next week shows PS5 games and Best Buy’s Black Friday 2020 ad featured it.