PlayStation 5 (PS5) sales roared as Sony Corp on Thursday launched the console to strong interest online but pick-ups were limited only to pre-orders due to the coronavirus pandemic that has driven a boom in gaming request but limited real-world purchases.
Sony has made launch sales online only to maintain social distancing, calling for customers to “be safe, stay home, and place your order online”.
The next-generation console which retails for $500, or $400 without a disk-drive was sold out on major retailing sites in Japan with some leading draws to distribute limited stock.
On Japan’s top market stand from Mercari Inc, consoles were selling for more than $900.
Pent-up demand for the PS5which offers cutting-edge graphics, faster load times and a new controller with immersive feedback has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has seen consumers flock to gaming but has strained supply chains.
Analysts see shortages of consoles from Sony and rival Microsoft Corp, which launched Xbox devices on Tuesday, extending into 2021.
In an official post, Sony has announced that no PlayStation 5 consoles will be sold in physical stores on release day (November 12 or November 19, depending on region).
The statement had already been made for Japan a few hours ago, but now this protective measure will be functional to the whole world.