- Sony PlayStation pre-orders will open from tomorrow in India.
- Sony PlayStation 5 costs Rs 49,990 in India for the regular version.
- Buying the gaming console online is your best bet to get it.
Sony PlayStation 5 will be finally up for pre-orders starting Tuesday, January 12. Per the announcement by Sony, you can pre-order PS5 units starting noon tomorrow on a range of outlets, including Amazon, Flipkart as the online sellers, and Croma, Reliance Digital, Games The Shop, Vijay Sales, Sony Centre, and partner stores across India for offline purchase. But if you desperately want one, I think going for the online buying platforms is your best bet. Before I tell you why, let me get the price out of the way: Sony PlayStation 5 costs Rs 49,990.
Although Sony said it will start selling the PlayStation 5 consoles in India from February 2 across all the above-mentioned platforms, it did not specify the ratio in which the stocks will be available to different channels. What I mean by this is that the company did not tell if PlayStation 5 units will be equally available in stocks on both online and offline platforms. But according to a report by The Mako Reactor, Sony is expected to prioritise online channels over the retail outlets. This means that the maximum number of PS5 units will be put on sale on Amazon and Flipkart.
The rest of the stocks will be reserved for the offline stores, but even then you need to be cautious, especially if you do not live in a metro city. The report mentioned that the outlets in metro cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai, will have the lion's share in whatever stocks left. Then you have the partner stores, the electronics shops that people most likely have good connections with to get their hands on a gadget as fast as they can. Then come the stores in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. So if you belong to these cities, your best bet is going for the online purchase for which the pre-orders are opening tomorrow.
Amazon is opening pre-orders from tomorrow with no-cost EMI options on HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, and Axis Bank credit cards starting at Rs 8,332 per month. So, you also have the facility of paying for the gaming console in instalments. However, if you have the intel from your electronics shop about a confirmed availability of PS5, you should go for that instead.
The next-generation gaming console has had an interesting past in India because the PS5 had an uncertain future here. Although it went on sale around mid-November in the US, the Indian enthusiasts have longed for the PlayStation 5 units in India. There was no clarity on why that was the case but Sony did repeatedly defer launches by putting out statements either to thwart the rumours around the launch of PS5 in India or to warn customers who got the PlayStation 5 units from abroad. Sony said that the units that have not been bought in India will have no warranty or customer support.