Due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sony have announced that the regular launch day hype will be a little different this year due to the ongoing pandemic that is still gripping the world.
Senior Director, SIE Content Communications, Sid Shuman posted this on the PlayStation Blog:
Hi all – the launch of the PlayStation 5 console on November 12 (or November 19, depending on your region) is almost upon us! In the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19, today we are confirming that all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners.
No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.
Gamers who have pre-ordered for pick-up at their local retailer should still be able to do so at their designated appointment time, under the retailer’s safety protocols. Please confirm the details with your local retailer.
A special thank you to our entire community for your continued support this year. Here’s to the next generation of gaming!
This will disappoint a lot of people but Sony is only looking out for its fans and the staff of retailers to prevent the spread of the virus.