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Amazon: Hope You Weren’t Expecting Your PS5 to Ship on Time

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With retailers royally jumping the gun on PlayStation 5 pre-orders, depend your self fortunate should you managed to snag one earlier than they bought out in all places. Until you bought yours on Amazon. By which case, you would possibly nonetheless be screwed.

An e-mail Amazon despatched to quite a few pre-order prospects on Friday warns that their console could not arrive by its launch date (Nov. 12 within the U.S.). Several customers shared the message on social media, and it states that deliveries could also be delayed “as a consequence of excessive demand.”

“We’ll make each effort to get the merchandise to you as quickly as attainable as soon as launched,” the message continues.

Amazon’s e-mail goes on to say that prospects can monitor the standing of their order on its web site and cancel unshipped gadgets in the event that they so select, although it noticeably doesn’t point out something about another supply date for delayed orders. It’s not clear whether or not Amazon despatched this e-mail to everybody who pre-ordered a PS5 or solely these in sure areas. We’ve reached out to Amazon for more information, and can replace this text with their response.

Sony has previously denied rumors that it may face inventory shortages subsequent month. Earlier this week, Sony Interactive Leisure CEO Jim Ryan advised the Washington Post that whereas the coronavirus pandemic initially brought on distribution points when it first hit, Sony would have “extra PlayStation 5 items prepared on the market than that they had PlayStation four items in 2013″ when it releases. So as to add some context to that, Sony bought a bit of greater than 2 million PS4s worldwide within the first two weeks after its launch.

Amazon’s warning doesn’t encourage a lot confidence in that pledge, although. Granted, it may very well be that Amazon’s simply pushing out this e-mail as a precaution. As Polygon factors out, the e-commerce large does have a historical past of screwing up high-profile gaming releases, as we noticed with the Nintendo Switch’s launch in 2017 and the discharge of Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this 12 months.

Sadly, it’s apparently not the one retailer breaking the unhealthy information to these with PS5 pre-orders this week. In keeping with Tom’s Guide, the Hong Kong-based retailer Play-Asia additionally despatched an e-mail blast to patrons on Friday encouraging them to cancel their pre-order as a consequence of “manufacturing and allocation limitations from distribution networks for the console.” It warned that PS5 inventory is “extremely scarce in all areas,” which solely seems to substantiate fears a few attainable scarcity come November.

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Alyse Stanley