Sony is preparing invite-only pre-orders for the PlayStation 5, although the price to the console still remains a mystery.
The company plans on notifying interested US-based customers about PS5 pre-order availability via email, according to a new webpage on the official PlayStation website.
“There will be a limited quantity of PS5 consoles available for pre-order, so we will be inviting some of our existing consumers to be one of the first to pre-order one from PlayStation,” the page says.
“Pre-order reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis, so once you get an invite via email, we encourage you to follow instructions and act fast,” it goes on to add.
The pre-order notification page. (Credit: Sony)
To receive an invite, the webpage asks existing PlayStation owners to type in their PlayStation Online ID into a form. However, not everyone will necessarily receive an invite for the pre-orders.
“If selected, we will contact you via email before pre-orders start. If you do not receive an email, you were not selected,” the page says.
The cryptic statements suggest the PS5 will arrive this holiday season in short supply. An FAQ for the pre-order process also says Sony will determine who gets an invite based on “previous interests and PlayStation activities.” So it’ll probably favor players who log a lot of time on their PS4.
If you do receive an invite, you’ll be limited to purchase either one standard PS5 console, or one PS5 digital edition, which nixes the 4K Blu-ray player. You’ll also be able to buy the controllers, wireless headset and other official peripherals for the system.
If you don’t receive an invite, the good news is that other retailers plan on selling the console. Outside of Sony, you can register to learn about PS5 pre-order news via third-party dealers such as Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop.