Sony has just confirmed that the next-gen console, the PS5, will not be available in Retailers at launch. It is a first for Sony, but due to the pandemic, this action had to persevere. There will be no camping whatsoever before the retailers, and only pre-orders seem to get a hold of the next-gen device.
This naturally tackles the Pandemic itself, preventing fans of the PS5 from stacking in front of the retail stores, which undoubtedly keeps the workers or consumers safe. Apparently, this is not related to a stock shortage at all. Sony instead encourages people to place their orders online and wait patiently until the PS5 console arrives at their home.
Sony Interactive’s Sid Shuman has stated the following:
In the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19, today we are confirming that all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners…No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.