To protect everyone involved from the corona virus, the PlayStation 5 will only be available in online shops from November 19.
The PlayStation 5 will be released in seven countries on November 12, 2020 – the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan. Local tech fans will have to wait until November 19, when the PS5 will be available in the rest of the world, including Germany. Sony Interactive Entertainment has now announced that the console will only be available in online shops of its retail partners.
Accordingly, no consoles will be available directly in stores on the day of release. "We therefore ask you that you do not queue up in front of the local retail partners or camp there in the hope of buying a PS5 console. Stay healthy, stay at home and make your purchase online," the statement said. If a customer has ordered a console to be picked up on site, he can pick it up at the time agreed with the dealer and in compliance with the safety precautions of the store. PlayStation wants to "protect fans, dealers and employees from Covid-19 with online sales."
The PS5 will appear in two versions. A conventional version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive will be available for the recommended retail price of 499.99 euros, a "Digital Edition" – without a drive – for a whole hundred euros less (399.99 euros).