Sony said Thursday that its new PS5 console, which will compete directly with Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, will not be sold in retail stores on launch date due to the spread. of the corona virus.
The launch of gaming consoles often leads to a long queue of consumers waiting to buy the latest model.
Instead, customers can purchase the console on November 12 online or from Sony retail partners. Most units, however, were sold out prior to the launch date, and it̵7;s still unclear how many will remain in stock or when they’ll be available to ship.
It’s also not clear when the console might eventually reach retail stores.
“There will be no units available in the store for purchase on launch date (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – please don’t have any camping plans or queuing at the store Your local retailer on launch date hoping to find Sony said in a blog post. “Be safe, at home and order online.”
Sony says customers who have ordered a control panel for in-store pick-up can do so at the retailer, as long as they schedule an appointment and follow the retailer’s safety procedures.