PlayStation 5 restockings have come and gone. Pre-orders in India for the PS5 and PS5 digital editions went live at 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, May 17 and were predictably gone within minutes. As of 12:05 p.m., all Amazon, Flipkart, Games The Shop, Prepaid Gamer Card, Reliance Digital, Sony Center, and Vijay Sales stores – they had simultaneously opened PS5 pre-orders online – were showing either “sold out” / “currently unavailable. “, Struggled to load and / or crashed, or was never able to handle the traffic in the first place. Once again Sony seriously underestimated the demand for PS5 in India , although reports have already warned that PlayStation 5 restockings will be severely limited.
To make matters worse, it’s unclear when the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will be back in stores in India. It was only the first restocking of the PS5 since the next-gen console launched in early February in India, and the first opportunity for those in South Asia to officially get their hands on its digital-only counterpart. Those interested in the PS5 Digital Edition had to wait more than six months since its global launch to get the first photo, while those who failed to pre-order in the first pre-order phase – in January – had to endure. four-month wait. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across India, it’s impossible to say when the opportunity will present itself again.
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Of course, things will (very likely) get worse. Not just with COVID-19, but even for those who managed to get a PS5 pre-order. As has been the case with all pre-order series for next-gen consoles, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X, some retailers are required to cancel a bunch of orders because they will have overbooked due to technological limitations of their side. Reliance Digital is the obvious candidate in this department, although in the past Flipkart and even Amazon India have tried intimidation or delay tactics to get customers to cancel their PS5 pre-orders. If that doesn’t happen to you, PS5 restocking orders will be processed starting Monday, May 24, says Sony Center.
All of the new PS5 stock appears to be gone for now, but you can keep an eye on the aforementioned seven websites and sign up for notifications, if you like. You might have a better chance to check with a game store near you. Sony India has also set up a hotline at 1-800-103-7799 to help PlayStation fans find local retailers across India. Naturally, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most game stores will likely be closed depending on the restrictions placed where you live.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X: Which is the best “next generation” console in India? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.