Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Launch is Limited to Online Purchases Only

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Sony has confirmed that on the regional launch dates of Thursday, Nov. 12, for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, and then Nov. 19 for the rest of the world, the PlayStation 5 won't be available to buy at stores.

Instead, sales will happen exclusively online through outlets like Walmart, Amazon, Target, GameStop and others to diminish the risk of employees and customers catching the coronavirus.

"Please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase," Sid Shuman, Senior Director of Content Communications for Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in a blog post. "Be safe, stay home, and place your order online." (If there are any systems left on launch day, that is.)

But it's important to note that the few who were able to pre-order a PS5 for pick-up "should still be able to do so" after scheduling an appointment and double-checking safety protocols with whatever retailer they've chosen.

As a reminder, the standard PS5 featuring a built-in Blu-Ray disc drive is priced at $499 while the Digital Edition goes for $399. Considering the extremely high demand – Sony sold as many PS5 units in the U.S. during the first 12 hours of pre-sale as the PS4 moved in its first 12 weeks – many eBay resellers are asking for a premium worth hundreds of dollars more. Sheesh!