PS5 Pre-Order Process Begins – But There’s A Catch

Sony has began its first stages of the pre-order process for the PS5. However, there are a few rules in place and only one console will be permitted per PSN ID. Despite pre-orders for PS5 being underway, there has still been no confirmation on the price and release date.

PS5 Pre-Orders Begin - But There's A CatchOne of the most anticipated events of the gaming world in 2020 is the release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Although we are only a few months away from release, both Microsoft and Sony have kept their cards very close to their hearts. Fortunately, Sony has implemented the first stage of the PS5 pre-order process, but it comes with a lot of caveats.

On Sony’s official website, they have expressed that there will be a limited quantity of PS5’s available for pre-order. Consequently, there are going to be a few rules in place. Firstly, pre-orders will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so those who receive the invite email better act fast. You will only be eligible to pre-order if you receive the invitation message.

The DualSense represents a radical departure from the DualShock controllers.

The DualSense represents a radical departure from the DualShock controllers.

However, receiving the invitation is not a guarantee that you will be able to pre-order a PS5. According to Sony’s FAQ page, as of 27 August 2020, your pre-order will also have to be shipped to a US address for it to be valid. It is not known if or when Sony will be expanding this. Furthermore, each PSN ID will be limited to 1 PSN Console or 1 PSN Digital Edition Console, as well as 2 of any of the accessories.

Such stipulations suggest that Sony anticipates a high demand and limited quantities of their product. Surprisingly, despite pre-orders opening up and Sony’s insistence that the PS5 will be released in 2020, there has been neither a word on the price of the new console nor has there been confirmation of the release date. The closest we have gotten to a hint at price-range was when Jim Ryan, chief executive and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke to BBC about the PS5 and stated that he wanted to “emphasize value as opposed to price”.

As seen by the plethora of new features the DualSense will bring, as well the PS5’s SSD which promises to vastly reduce load times, it’s clear that Sony’s next generation of gaming intends to take a significant technological leap forward. What remains to be seen is how hefty the price tag will be.

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