Japan will also go down the store pick-up route to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
We previously discussed how in Canada, as well as Europe, Sony is planning to block store sales of the PlayStation 5, so customers who pre-ordered the console can just pick them up there, and those who don’t comply by the rule would see themselves blacklisted from the next batch of units. However, Japan has officially confirmed to follow at least the store stop line, according to the Japanese PlayStation Blog.
„While there are still concerns about the spread of coronavirus infection, we do not plan to hold events or sell PlayStation 5s at stores on the day of the PS5‘s release to ensure the safety of customers, retailers, and staff,” the blog reads. The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in Japan, and the company considers it so seriously that Shuhei Yoshida, the former president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (and the current indie/external development relations #1 contact) posted about this on Twitter.
Sony says there is so much demand for the PlayStation 5 that they sold all pre-order units (even with Japan losing their traditional button swap in the consoles’ interfaces and even some games, as their Circle button was meant to be the confirmational button with X cancelling/backing out from a menu, while our layout is the other way around). The reservations are closed, and Japanese players will have to keep an eye on the retailers to see when they get new PS5 units for sale. However, we don’t know how many units Sony preserved for the Japanese launch, so we can’t predict how many of it was PlayStation 5 Standard Editions and how many were PlayStation 5 Digital Editions.
The PlayStation 5 will launch in just a couple of days (November 12/19, depending on your region).
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