While we still don't know the prices for either the Xbox Series X nor the PlayStation 5 yet, Sony today has indicated that we might hear more soon. A registration page for PS5 pre-orders emerged via Sony today, asking potential buyers to input their PlayStation Network ID to be put on a list of sorts, wherein Sony will reach out to players for the ability to pre-order the next-generation console.
This limited pre-order system for existing PSN users is the result of, as Sony writes on the website, "a limited quantity of PS5 consoles available for pre-order." The pre-order reservations are being taken on a "first-come-first-serve basis" on the site, and the company advises to buyers to "act fast" once they get an email invite to pre-order the PS5, as the invitations will only be open for a limited time with an expiration date. Pre-orders are also limited to one PS5 console reservation per PSN ID.
Registering at the PS5 pre-order site is not a guarantee that you'll get an invitation to pre-order a console. In fact, the FAQ clarifies that those who do get an invite will be limited to what they can pre-order to the following:
- 1 PS5 Console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
- 2 DualSense wireless controllers
- 2 DualSense charging stations
- 2 Pulse 3D wireless headsets
- 2 Media remotes
- 2 HD Cameras
The run-up to this console generation has been weird, to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic has derailed events this year. In the process, it's complicated the promotion and reveal cycles for this year's new video game consoles as well. Around this time in 2013, the year the Xbox One and PS4 released, we already knew about the consoles, the games coming to both platforms, and their prices and release dates. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X and PS5 feel like they're in a game of chicken, waiting to see which company will announce its date and prices first.
Hopefully, given that pre-orders are shaping up to open soon for the PS5, we'll finally learn the price for both consoles sooner rather than later. As for the launch line-ups for both consoles, they largely remain a mystery. Tomorrow, at least, we'll see more of Insomniac's PS5-exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart during Gamescom: Opening Night Live, kicking off at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 27.