After the great Sony PS5 this week’s event, the ship’s date is November 19 in the US and the starting price is now out of the bag. And it looks like people are frantically disassembling their consoles, whether it’s a $ 499 PS9 or a $ 399 digital edition that comes without a drive.
While customers frantically searched the console in stock at their favorite retailer, many wondered if Sony would actually be able to provide enough consoles for anyone who wanted it – a real concern after rumors said that Sony had cut its initial PS5 shipments.
At the time, Sony denied the rumors, but now, in an interview The Washington PostJim Ryan, CEO and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, confirms that when the pandemic struck, distribution problems still arose. However, Ryan added that Sony will have “more PlayStation 5 units ready for sale than the PlayStation 4 in 2013.”
Seven years ago, Sony sold about 2.1 million PlayStation 4 devices worldwide just two weeks after launch and 1 million on the first day of the console’s market. It is not known how many units will be available for the PS5, so delivery may well be a problem.
Based on reports of buyers heading to retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, GameStop and Walmart, where they are greeted with “sold out” messages, this is certainly the case. Some reports indicate that more inventory will arrive next week, especially for Walmart, while others say they were able to pre-order their systems on GameStop by visiting the physical location. Regarding physical visits, some retailers report only 10-20 units per arm in one location.
Microsoft could not help but enjoy the laughter to the detriment of its rival in the console space. Xbox X Series producer tweeted out “Don’t worry – we’ll let you know the exact time when pre-orders start for you soon” is a clear reference to the PS5 deployment approach.
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Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X begin on September 22 before the November 10 release. The Xbox Series X costs $ 499 – the same price as the PS5 – while the all-digital Xbox Series S costs $ 299.