The good news with the advent of new year 2021 is that, the PlayStation 5, by Sony will be launched in India on February 2 with pre-orders for the PS5 starting from January 12 at 12pm IST. The company has shared the news on Twitter through its PlayStation India account and said that pre-orders will be open untill stocks last. According to a new report, 3.4 million units of the PS5 were sold in its very first month, making it the highest ever for any PlayStation console. The selling is planned to take off live with the online applications of Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, Games The Shop, Shop at Sony Center, Vijay Sales, and selected authorised retail partners.
The console originally launched in selected regions on November 12 and rest of the world excluding India on November 19, 2020.
It was supposed to have a “late 2020” launch in India but this clearly could not happen, with stock shortages, BIS certification, and a copyright issue being some of the explanations that were rumoured. Finally now, the console is coming to Indian market.
Earlier, Sony had a rough time trying to get its new console to Indian marke as earlier in the year, the company had to deal with a patent dispute where the trademark for the PS5 name in the country was filed by an individual three months before Sony filed for the trademark. As of now we only know the India pricing of the PlayStation 5, which was announced back in October, along with a listing on the official PlayStation website. But ever since then there hasn’t been any other communication from Sony India regarding the launch or pre-orders, other than boilerplate responses. Some marketing materials had mentioned an obscure “late 2020” availability, but even those have been cleansed away.
It is very strange that Sony is keeping this quiet when it comes to sharing information regarding the launch date or reason(s) for the delays.
Not only is the company disappointing its fanbase in India, but it is also giving Microsoft an upper hand in the console wars. Microsoft claims that it has witnessed a record demand and sales for the new consoles globally, including India, as it was one of the 40 countries where the Xbox Series X and Series S were available on launch day. While the stock situation for all the new consoles are not all that great over the world, interested consumers at least have a chance of landing a PlayStation 5 officially in the regions it has launched. The company had announced Indian pricing prior to its launch. The Digital Edition of the PS5 will cost around Rs. 39,990 and the standard edition with a disk drive will cost around Rs. 49,990. As for the accessories, the DualSense Wireless Controller is priced at Rs. 5,990, the HD camera at Rs.5,190, the Pulse 3D Wreless Headset at at Rs. 8,590, the media remote at Rs.2,590 and the Dual sense Charging Station at Rs. 2,590. Sony also revealed prices for some games in India. Games like ‘Demon’s Souls’, ‘Destruction Allstars’ and ‘Marvel Spiderman: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition’ will cost Rs 4,999 each. Games like ‘Sackboy: A Big Adventure’ and ‘Marvel Spiderman: Miles Morales’ will cost Rs 3,999.