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JPN | Nov 12, 2020

Sony PS5 sold out online as pandemic chills real-world retailing

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The logos of Sony PlayStation 5 are seen on the packaging of its gaming software at the consumer electronics retailer chain Bic Camera in Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2020. Picture taken November 10, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato)


TOKYO (Reuters)

Sony Corp’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) console launched in core markets on Thursday (November 12) to intense interest online, but with first day real-world sales limited to pre-order pick-ups due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has driven a boom in gaming demand.

Sony has made launch sales online only to maintain social distancing, calling for consumers to “be safe, stay home, and place your order online”.

The next-generation console, which retails for US$500 or US$400 without a disk-drive, was sold out on major retailing sites in Japan with some conducting lotteries to distribute limited stock.

An employee of the consumer electronics retailer chain Bic Camera works at the promotion display for the Sony PlayStation 5 game console and its gaming softwares in Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2020. Picture taken November 10, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato)

On Japan’s top flea market platform from Mercari Inc, consoles were selling for more than US$900.

Pent-up demand for the PS5, which offers cutting-edge graphics, faster load times and a new controller with immersive feedback, has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has seen consumers flock to gaming but has strained supply chains.

Analysts see shortages of consoles from Sony and rival Microsoft Corp, which launched Xbox devices on Tuesday, extending into 2021.

A sign announcing that the new Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console will not be sold by over-the-counter sales on the launch day is displayed at the consumer electronics retailer chain Bic Camera in Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2020. Picture taken November 10, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato)

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