Sony has shot down rumours that it’s about to open PS5 pre-orders, telling players that it will provide advance notice when it plans to do so.
Asked during a video interview on Friday if the company is about to press a button to launch PS5 pre-orders, PlayStation worldwide marketing head Eric Lempel said: “No, definitely not now. We don’t know what happened there [with the rumours]. We had nothing to do with it. I got a message from someone saying people were lining up at stores and we had no idea why.
“So I think it’s safe to say, we’ll let you know when pre-orders will happen. It’s not going to happen with a minute’s notice. We’re going to at some point let you know when you can pre-order a PlayStation 5 so please don’t feel like you have to go run and line up anywhere until you receive official notice on how that will work.”
Two PS5 models are scheduled to launch during the 2020 holiday season. While one will have an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, the other will sacrifice the feature, likely for a lower price point. According to recent analysis, the PS5 Digital Edition could cost $50 less than the disc version.
It was claimed earlier this week that Sony has doubled production of PS5 hardware to 10 million units in 2020. However, the new stock still might not be able to satisfy demand this year due to shipping constraints, Bloomberg claimed.
Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley also provided the first PS5 DualSense controller hands-on on Friday, demonstrating several of the next-gen pad’s features while playing Astro’s Playroom, which will come pre-installed on PS5.