Sony has yet to launch the PlayStation 5 in India and nearly a month after the global release the company has yet to announce a date for India. Sony fans have been hounding Sony India for information ever since the global launch dates were announced, but the company has remained stoic in its responses.
Meanwhile, Sony India’s website, controlled by the EMEA team based outside Europe, had updated the website on November 19, launch date three times. Except that it was even quicker to remove the listings as Sony India said there was no exact date for the launch to take place.
January 2021 launch? Losses suggest so
And now a report from The Mako Reactor mentions that Sony’s franchise stores have provided information that they expect pre-orders to be available before the end of December. And that the console will launch in India in mid-January, and some stores are even taking pre-order payments early. The report also says this is unusual as Sony has not yet allowed stores to accept pre-orders.
Several Sony Centers across cities in India have confirmed this release, and the company appears to have told them that the official announcement is coming soon. Other than that, the console will apparently only be available in limited quantities, so only metropolitan cities will receive them initially. This was also the case when PS3 and PS4 launched in India.
The digital edition for PS5 will also be available in much smaller quantities as it has lower demand. So the best way to get your hands on the console is to pre-order as soon as it’s available. As for pricing, the PS5 will retail for Rs 49,990 while the digital edition will be available at Rs 39,990. All accessories and games will also be available in India at launch.
It had previously been reported that some retailers had obtained informal information from its sources which had indicated a console launch in January 2021. But these were not defined at the time. But then Sony announced its global demand over the top and that it’s really quite lively on user response globally. And the company said it would add more PS5 inventory by the end of 2020 due to unprecedented demand for the console.
While Sony hasn’t shared the actual number of consoles sold to date, it did let us know via social media that the PS5 was a record launch.
Which now leads us to believe the console could land in India once Sony manages to bolster its inventory needed to meet global demand in the countries it launched last month, which includes North America, Europe and West Asia.