The PlayStation Blog dropped a very important bit of info for anyone hoping to snag a PS5 at launch. You won’t have to drive around all day, because all launch-day sales are online only. This probably makes the bot creators very happy, but it will present an interesting challenge for everyone else.
In case there are any doubts, it’s due to our old friend and constant 2020 ruiner, COVID-19. Sid Shuman, SIE Senior Director of Communications, was clear on the plan to try to keep people safer by saying:
“No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – 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. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.
Gamers who have pre-ordered for pick-up at their local retailer should still be able to do so at their designated appointment time, under the retailer’s safety protocols. Please confirm the details with your local retailer.”
You can’t fault them for not wanting to cause more problems. On launch day, make sure your computer is warmed up and be prepared to hit refresh a lot.