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PS5 demand far outweighs that of PS4, pre-sells as many units in 12 hours as the PS4 did in 12 weeks

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What you need to know

  • Sony CEO Jim Ryan has stated that demand for the PS5 is "very, very considerable."
  • The PS5 has pre-sold in 12 hours what the PS4 sold in 12 weeks in the United States.
  • You can buy a PS5 now ahead of its release on November 12, 2020 for $499 or $399 depending on which model you purchase.

It's going to be very difficult finding a PS5 this holiday season. According to Sony CEO Jim Ryan (via Reuters), the PS5 pre-sold as many units in 12 hours as the PS4 did in 12 weeks in the United States. Now that's impressive. Ryan also indicated that this "very considerable" demand will affect PS5 stock at major retailers.

"It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one," said Ryan. He assured that the company is "working as hard as we ever can" to increase supply for holiday shoppers.

Aside from the PS5, Ryan also spoke about PlayStation's first-party studios, stating that the company would bolster its in-house capacity with strategic mergers and acquisitions if necessary. Microsoft recently purchased ZeniMax Media, home to IP such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Starfield, Doom, Wolfenstein, and many more iconic franchises. If Sony wants to compete, it makes sense that it's considering studio acquisitions.

Insomniac Games, which Sony purchased in 2019, is about to release Spider-Man: Miles Morales alongside the PS5 on November 12. Other highly-anticipated launch titles on the platform include Godfall, Demon's Souls, and Bugsnax.

The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition will release on November 12, 2020 in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. For the rest of the world it will launch on November 19.

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PS5 is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West. Get yours before they sell out. The standard PS5 boasts a disc drive so that you can play 4K Blue-ray DVDs and use your physical PS4 games through backward combability. This comes at a higher price tag than the Digital Edition.
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Cheaper than the standard PS5 but lacking a disc drive, the PS5 Digital Edition can still deliver the very best exclusives entirely digitally. You may not be able to play physical games, but the future is digital anyway. The PS5 Digital Edition features an 825GB SSD.
Jennifer Locke
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.

7 Comments
  • Look at these clickbait links to buy it "before it sells out". Yeah, ok. Let me guess, if use that link and decide to buy other stuff, as the PS5 most certainly isn't available, you guys still get a commission?
  • Not a big surprise considering there's actually games available at launch.
  • You're kidding right? A reskinned, shortened version of spiderman (a game already released and beaten a year ago) and a remastered version of demon souls (a game already released and beaten a few years ago) are supposed to make it worth spending $500+ next month? I predict 99% of ps5 owners will be bored with their shiny new consoles by December. At least for those that aren't resellers.
  • Most of these buyers are just resellers. Look on ebay there are thousands on there.
  • It doesn't matter a sell is a unit sold. Now what people do with the console after they buy it is their business.
  • Resellers and more people preordering because they don't want to camp outside a store during a pandemic will do that
  • The high demand is due to buyers reselling them for 10x its original value.