Sony Says There Will Be Advance Notice For When PS5 Pre-Orders Go Live

Sony Says There Will Be Advance Notice For When PS5 Pre-Orders Go Live

"It's not gonna happen with a minute's notice."

The next generation of console hardware is getting closer every day. And with fans eager to pick up a console on day one, it makes sense that some are a little overzealous in trying to lock in their pre-order.

Speaking to Geoff Keighley during today's hands-on with the PlayStation 5's DualSense, PlayStation head of global marketing Eric Lempel dispelled the recent rumors of pre-orders happening. Lempel says they're definitely not setting pre-orders live right now, and goes on to say it won't happen without notice.

"I think it's safe to say, we'll let you know when pre-orders will happen. It's not gonna happen with a minute's notice," said Lempel. "We're going to, at some point, let you know when you can pre-order a PlayStation 5. So please don't feel like you have to go run out and line up anywhere until you receive official notice on how that will work."

Reports have varied about the PlayStation 5's production. An April report suggested early PS5 production would be limited, but in a report from just a few days ago, Nikkei reported that Sony would ramp up PS5 production numbers from late 2020 into early 2021. With the current global health crisis surrounding COVID-19 still ongoing, production and logistics can still be a concern, especially for regions still affected by the outbreak.

In the meantime, we've had a good look at what the PlayStation 5 will actually be. Alongside Keighley's DualSense hands-on stream today, which provided a handy reference point as well as a comparison with the DualShock, we've also seen the shape of both versions of the console. It's a little bizarre, but hey, at least it's memorable. Sony's showcase last month also detailed a number of games coming to the PS5, including Horizon Forbidden West and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

It's reassuring to know we won't have to wait around, watching Twitter accounts to catch a PS5 pre-order like it's a pricing error. Still, demand for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X will likely increase headed into the latter half of the year. A little warning will be nice, so I can set up all my tabs and online store accounts in advance.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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