The PlayStation 5 Will Not be Available to Purchase In-Store on Launch Day

Published: November 5, 2020 10:10 AM /


PlayStation 5

Sid Shurman, the Senior Director of SIE Content Communications at Sony, has announced that the PlayStation 5 launch-day sales will be conducted through online stores of "our retail partners." Shurman stated that this is being done to keep everyone, which is gamers, retailers, and staff safe from COVID-19, where presumably they would be packed in retail stores trying to get a copy of the PlayStation 5.

This means that on November 12 (or November 19 if the PS5 launches then) you definitely shouldn't be camping overnight to have a crack at getting a shiny new PlayStation console. Instead, you should camp out on your computer spamming 'F5' on your keyboard on all of your online retailers to get your online order in.

However, if you have pre-ordered your console to be picked up through your local retailer, then you should still be able to do just that. Just be smart about it, though. Go at the appointed time and follow the instructions given to you by Wal-Mart, Best-Buy, or whatever retailer you managed to snag a PS5 from. It's also a good idea in the wake of this news to check with your retailer and see if your order is still going through, because with the way things are right now what's a sure thing might not be. 

For all of your PlayStation news, be sure to stay tuned to TechRaptor as the launch of both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S come ever closer. Stay frosty.

What do you think of this news? Do you think that this is a good idea? Do you think it is a bad idea? Have you already pre-ordered a console? Let us know in the comments!

Have a tip, or want to point out something we missed? Leave a Comment or e-mail us at

A very unflattering picture of my tired face.
| Staff Writer

Patrick is a former Staff Writer for TechRaptor and has been gaming on every console he could get since he could hold a controller. He’s been writing for… More about Patrick