November 12th marks the official launch date for Sony’s PlayStation5. Millions worldwide are excited about what the next generation of consoles has to offer, which includes ray tracing and higher frame rates. Consumers wanting to obtain their PS5 have found challenges in acquiring their model via pre-order, which follows after manufacturing volumes decreased amidst Covid-19 becoming an international pandemic.
Sony Computer Company promised that production volumes would sustain normal expectations by January 2021. However, that doesn’t mean hundreds of thousands to millions worldwide will travel to local retailers for a PS5. That’s because children & young teenagers will be asking their parents for the PS5. Parents are likely better suited to purchase the PlayStation5 via an online retailer or direct from Sony. It was confirmed by Sony on November 6th that “Walk-In Purchases” aren’t being supported on the launch date. The Covid-19 pandemic has been cited as reasoning for this, with Sony not wanting to hold responsibility for potential outbreaks. It should be clarified that retailers are permitting “In-Store Pick-Up” for the PS5 or Xbox Series S/X.
- The Walmart Company will begin selling the PlayStation5 on November 12th at midnight.
- Target & Costco are supporting a midnight launch window for the PS5 on November 12th.
Xbox Series Lineup
November 10th is when the Microsoft Company is releasing its “Xbox Series S & Series X” consoles for consumers. Pre-orders have been sold out for weeks, with retailers permitting a limited quantity of available consoles for digital sale on November 10th. Limited quantities follow after Microsoft faced similar issues to Sony, with the Covid-19 pandemic prompting production volumes to drop drastically. Consumers can still anticipate standard retailers like Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, and GameStop to have a small selection available. It’s recommended that consumers wanting to acquire one of the limited Xbox Series S or X consoles have multiple retailers open simultaneously. It’ll take minutes for consoles to sell-out.
- The Walmart Company will start selling the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S on November 10th at noon Eastern Time-Zone.
- Best Buy & Target are encouraging shoppers to make orders via their digital store, with pick-up options available. This recommendation is to avoid coronavirus infection.