An email from Sony to select PlayStation customers has now been sent, warning those customers that “a limited quantity of PS5 consoles [will be] available for pre-order.”
The email, which doesn’t yet offer the actual opportunity to pre-order a PS5, will allow users the chance to register for the opportunity at a later time. It also advises that “pre-order registrations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis, so once you get an invite via email, we courage you to follow instructions and act fast.”
Those who’ve received the email all appear to be based within the USA.
Sony’s warning could be a means to excite players into a quick pre-order, or it could simply be the truth. Back in April 2020, it was rumoured that Sony was limiting PS5 production due to the pandemic and rising costs (though a second report suggests Sony has increased production since). Code found on Sony’s website seems to also incidicate it will accept one pre-order per household.
Update: The PlayStation website now offers the same feature — here. In fact, it appears to trigger the emails we’ve previously sighted. Just like the email, it appears to be US-based only. We’ve asked PlayStation Australia for comment.
Update 2: PlayStation Australia has confirmed what we already know.
“Sony Interactive Entertainment has not announced pre-order details for PlayStation 5,” a representative told Stevivor. “This is a US-only program, offering customers to register for a chance to have a PS5 pre-order spot on PlayStation.com.”
We’ll report back as more is known.