“Over the next few days,” Sony tweeted on Saturday, “we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details.”
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In other words, it’s a good idea to constantly check retailer websites like Walmart, Amazon, Target and Curry’s, to name a few, that currently say out of stock. At any moment, these stores could flip the switch to display the green “in stock” message.
A shift in strategy for PS5 pre-orders
Demand for PS5 pre-orders has been overwhelming, according to US retailers that TechRadar reached out to. It has led to shifting plans both online and in stores.
“Due to the incredible interest we received from the online pre-order, Walmart has decided not to proceed with the planned store pre-order to control store traffic and keep our customers safe and socially distanced,” a Walmart spokesperson told TechRadar on Thursday.
When the PS5 price and release date were announced on Wednesday, some retailers didn’t hold back on starting PlayStation 5 pre-orders. At random times, orders for the new Sony consoles started and were gone within minutes.
To further add to the confusion, Walmart PS5 pre-orders turned on and turned off several times, as the largest US retailer released inventory sporadically. On Thursday night, we saw these pre-orders gone within seconds of an impromptu announcement an hour before orders went live.
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A rare apology from Sony
Sony also took time to apologize in its weekend message, saying, “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that.”
This rare admission is something we’re starting to see from more tech companies, including Nvidia when the Nvidia RTX 3080, its brand new GPU, sold out in minutes the same week that we got PS5 pre-orders.
The PS5 won’t launch until Thursday, November 12 (or Thursday, November 19 in some locations, including the UK), but grabbing a PS5 pre-order now may be your one chance to own the console before Black Friday 2020 and maybe until 2021.
Stay tuned for more PS5 pre-order updates, as we will continue to seek comment from retailers on availability of the new Sony console.