PlayStation 5 won’t be in stores on launch day, online only

For those hardcore gamers that were unable to pre-order a PlayStation 5 last month and planned on camping out at a Best Buy or Walmart on November 12, Sony is saying don’t do it.

On the official PlayStation blog, Sid Shuman, senior director, SIE Content Communications, announced that all PlayStation 5 launch day sales will be online only. There won’t be any PlayStation 5 consoles in retail stores.

“In the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19, today we are confirming that all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners,” Shuman said. “No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.”

If you were lucky enough to pre-order a console from a local retailer, you’ll still be able to pick up your console on launch day.