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Sony's PlayStation 5 is not going to be available in shops at launch

A little wrinkle in the console wars. Sony I discovered on Twitter today that the PlayStation 5 will not be available for in-store purchases on launch day (November 12th or 19th depending on which part of the world you live in). Instead, users can only do so online at this time. The next-gen console was pre-ordered in mid-September, despite an early rush to buy it resulted in hiccups.

Sony said in a blog post that the decision was made – at least in part – over safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"To protect our players, retailers and employees in the midst of COVID-19, we confirm today that all sales on launch day will be handled through our retail partners' online stores," the company writes. "(P) Lease does not plan on camping or queuing at your local dealer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console to buy. Be sure to stay home and order online."

The latest version from Microsoft – the Xbox Series X / S – will be launched worldwide two days earlier. Lucas released an ongoing review of the system today. On the Sony side, Devin has so far brought this to life with the console's controller.

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