With the pandemic continuing to generate havoc in many countries around the world, queuing for anything is not an ideal situation. Thus, Sony has confirmed that in-store purchases won’t be allowed. Of course, at previous next-gen console launches, we’ve seen people camping outside stores desperate to be first to witness their new console. However, this won’t be happening this time.
Sid Shuman, from Sony, said that given we are nearing the launch: “in the interest of keeping out 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.”
The message is clear: do not queue up outside a retailer in hope to buy the console on launch day. However, if you have already pre-ordered the console, you can collect your console – but check with the retailer on the latest rules.
Different countries have different rules, for example, the UK is now doing a one month lockdown, which would make some entertainment retailers close, although others, such as supermarkets will remain open. You should certainly check what the situation is if you have pre-ordered. Some retailers may wish to ship the console to you even if you had arranged to collect.