Some page holders for the Sony PlayStation 5 are allowing only one console to be add to the shopping cart.
Sony revealed its newest console the PlayStation 5 in June 2020. Ever since them people have been clamoring to get more details on it, find out what the price will be, and even get their orders in early. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been a possibility up until this point. Sure, some specs have been released about the PS5, but there remains much that is unknown.
Census is that people were fairly paranoid that Sony would just drop the PS5 without any kind of notification. As in only notifying people that it was available for order the same day as their press release saying so. That will not be the case according to Sony Senior Vice President of Marketing, Eric Lempel.
Lempel explains that there will be no surprises. People will have ample time and be aware in advance when their able to pre-order. He’s not saying that he’ll give you a months heads-up, but it won’t be a last minute announcement either with pre-ordering going live with no notice.
Some of the major retailers have set-up pages where customers can register for notifications when they open their pre-orders. However, don’t get all excited that you’ll be able to pre-order 10 of them at one go. Upon a deep-dive into some source code the PlayStation Direct site displays an error message when more than one console is added to the shopping cart: “You can only purchase one version of the PS5™ Console: Disc or Digital. You have already added one PS5™ console to your cart.” This would indicate that they’re only going to allow one purchase per person.
Whether or not other retailers will follow suit is yet to be seen. While Sony is concerned about wider distribution of its consoles, meaning they want them to spread around, other retailers don’t necessarily share the same concerns. If a retailer sells 10 units to one person, or 10 units to 10 people – it’s all the same to them. They are moving units and making profit. They wouldn’t be overly concerned with after sales statistics and metrics in the same way that Sony would be. The result would be a less restrictive ordering system.
Also, nobody know what the price of the PS5 will be. That is going to have an impact on potential orders. At this point, Microsoft and Sony are playing cat and mouse, or rather… so me yours first. Sony is famous for waiting until Microsoft announces their console prices, and then they attempt to undercut it. It’s a strategy that has worked well for Sony in the past. But, it could be that Microsoft has finally caught on and is going to let Sony come out first. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.