I don’t like preorders any more than you. I certainly hate seeing items available only in limited quantities go right to eBay — even before their launch date — at absurdly marked-up prices. And Sony is doing you one even better for the anticipated November launch of the PlayStation 5: A preorder preorder.
At least, that’s what it feels like. If you want to try to order a console directly from Sony, you’re going to have to jump through the hoops of its bizarre pre-ordering registration system, which requires you to sign up to be “invited” to preorder your console “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities.”
Yes, that’s right: You’re signing up to be given the exclusive opportunity to maybe preorder a console. Signing up is not a guarantee. And just as you might be selected to go from registered to preorder, it’s also possible that you won’t be able to secure a preorder for the PlayStation 5 due to low inventory, even if you get the special golden ticket in your email. As Sony writes:
No. Each invitation is open for a limited time and quantities are limited per PSN ID per transaction:
- 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
PS5 console pre-order reservations will be first come first serve.
Were I you, and clamoring for a PlayStation 5, I would consider Sony’s direct sales one part of a larger shopping strategy. Sign up for the reservation today, sure, and check your email like a hawk once the actual preorder date is made widely available, but don’t count on Sony to meet your gaming needs. Sign up for preorder notifications from other retailers, such as EB Games or JB Hi-Fi (if or when they offer them), since you’ll probably need to try every avenue available if you’re going to get your hands on this much-anticipated console at launch.
And while you’re at it, please don’t preorder the digital-only version of the PlayStation 5. Even if you save a little cash up-front, it’s absolutely not worth it. You’ll likely end up paying more for your digital titles than you would physical ones, which are a lot more likely to have all kinds of sales and discounts from a variety of retailers.