The recently held PlayStation 5 showcase has finally revealed informations that were previously taken as speculation, particularly the variations and each individual pricing. But what is left in the dark is the idea of how soon interested buyers can place their pre-order. As it appears, it might be sooner than what the vagueness might suggest.
In the wake of the heightened interest, reports have been popping up regarding stories of retailers already taking pre-orders. Some even going for as early as earlier today. Yes, as of writing, some stores have already officially been taking advanced ordering for the PlayStation 5.
Pre-orders are Already Up
One of the sources of the report is GameSpot Ireland which, via a tweet, claims that pre-orders are already up as of posting time. However, those who do would expect to receive their shiny new console on Nov. 19, a week behind those who’d be getting the console firstly.
Due to limited supplies as induced by the effects of the pandemic, Sony is releasing its next-gen console in substantially constrained amounts. The regions to first receive the console includes the following: Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, and the U.S. Consequently, those within any of these regions could expect to claim their PS5 on Nov. 12, 2020.
The rest of the world, including Ireland, will follow suit, starting Nov. 19, 2020.
Corroborating to the console’s early pre-orders is also Geoff Keighley who claims via tweet that the pre-ordering will take place “tomorrow” in some countries.
Play Has No Limits
For those who were out of the loop, the PlayStation 5 will come in two variants, which follows a similar pattern as its direct competition. One is the standard PS5 which comes with a disc tray at $499. Another is a Digital Edition, which is the disc drive-less version similar to the Xbox Series S. It comes with a price tag of $299.
A $100 difference between a console without a disc tray from another with might be too much. However, it’s been officially explained the marketing reason behind the pricing. The rationale being that the selling of digital games offers Sony greater profit rather than selling physical copies. The latter of which required capital investment to produce.
Coincidentally, that could also insinuate the notion that Sony can afford to sell the PS5 Digital Edition “at a loss”. Because the profit will not really come from the hardware itself but in future sales on digital contents. Which, as it appears, would be stapled for the all-digital version.
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