PS5 pre-orders will be available to a select number of gamers thanks to a new PlayStation 5 website which has gone live. This week Sony sent e-mail invites to a select number of PlayStation fans detailing how they will be able to pre-order a PS5 directly from the Japanese gaming giant. The PS5 pre-order invites were sent out to a select number of gamers based on their “previous interests and PlayStation activities”.
Those that weren’t sent an e-mail can still head to the PS5 pre-order website that the invite directed gamers to – click here to head this page.
However, there are a few caveats that PlayStation gamers need to know before they start getting their wallets ready to order a PS5.
Firstly, Sony said PS5 pre-orders once they do go live will be issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The Tokyo-based tech behemoth added that there will only be a “limited quantity of PS5 consoles available for pre-order”.
Considering the huge excitement for the next-gen and the PS5 (judging by how the PlayStation 5 reveal event broke YouTube records), it looks like pre-orders will sell like hot cakes.
And gamers that are eager to get their pre-order in for the PS5 ahead of the console’s launch need to know one other thing.
At the moment the PS5 website that has gone live will only send orders out to US addresses.
PlayStation fans from around the world can use their PSN ID to register their interest in PS5 pre-orders, but even if they are picked they will have to get the console shipped somewhere in America.
In an FAQ page Sony said: “If you receive an invite and units are still available, as long as you ship to a US based address, your pre-order reservation will be allowed.
“Any orders that contain a non-US based address will be cancelled.”
It would be highly surprising if this PS5 pre-order scheme was only limited to the US, with it likely to get expanded to more regions in the run-up to the PS5 launch.
But for the time being gamers Stateside will be among the select-few that get to bag a PS5 early.
Despite this, the initial opening of PS5 pre-orders has given us some interesting tidbits of information that could prove handy to gamers.
The aforementioned PS5 pre-order FAQ page revealed a number of interesting things about the PlayStation 5 pre-order programme.
As previously rumoured, Sony will be limiting pre-orders for PS5 consoles to one per PSN ID due to “limited quantities and high demand”.
Sony will also be limiting the number of pre-orders for accessories, with a maximum of two of each accessory available.
These additional products available for pre-orders are the DualSense controllers, DualSense charging stations, Pulse 3D wireless headsets, Media remotes and the HD Cameras.
Most curiously, Sony said PS5 products will become available to pre-order to the general product but ONLY those that get invites will be able to pre-order the actual console directly from them.
In response to the question ‘will other PS5 products be available for pre-order’ Sony said: “Yes. Although these will be open to the general public for pre-order, only PS5 console reservations will be limited to those invited to pre-order.”
While it sounds like PS5 pre-orders will be like gold dust, there is one silver lining for PlayStation 5 fans.
Earlier this year rumours emerged that Sony were ramping up the amount of PS5 units they were intending to produce.
It was initially claimed that Sony had planned to produce between five and six million PS5 units by March 2021.
But according to Bloomberg, Sony has drastically increased production – roughly doubling it to 10million units by the year’s end.
This increased production will hopefully make the PS5 easier to get hold of after launch.
However, Bloomberg did add that due to shipping constraints Sony may still struggle to put enough PlayStation 5 units on store shelves.
PS5 production began in June, with Sony reportedly planning to have five million units assembled by September and another five million between October and December.
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