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PlayStation 5

Despite Being For Sale Only Online Due to COVID-19, PS5 Sold out Hours After Launch

PlayStation 5 (PS5) console was finally launched in key markets on Thursday even though sales were limited to pre-order pick-ups due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has driven a boom in gaming demand.

Sony made the launch sales online only to maintain social distancing, calling for consumers to “be safe, stay home, and place your order online”. As a result of this, the PS5 sold out hours after launch as fans rushed to place their orders.


The next-generation console, which retails for $500 or $400 without a disk-drive, was sold out on major retailing sites in Japan with some conducting lotteries to distribute limited stock.

Increased demand for the PS5, which offers cutting-edge graphics, faster load times, and a new controller with immersive feedback, has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has seen consumers flock to gaming but has strained supply chains.

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