Trying to find a PlayStation 5 during the current scarcity is tough and every little preparation counts. Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for the dreaded PS5 pre-order rounds in July 2021.
PS5 India Pre-Order Links – Don’t Rely On One Store
Since almost every store starts taking pre-orders around the same time, it’s best not to rely on just one store. Each time PS5 India was reopened, each of these stores saw extremely high traffic, with many declining almost immediately after the reopening period began. Therefore, we recommend opening multiple tabs for each store.
Here are all the retailers that you can buy a PS5 from during the July replenishment.
- Flipkart – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- ShopAtSC – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- Spiele Der Laden – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- Amazon India – Rs. 49,990
- Vijay Sales – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- PrepaidGamerCard – Rs. 49,990 / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- Croma – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
- GameLoot – Rs. 49,990 (disc) / Rs. 39,990 (digital)
This is the third time the PS5 Digital Edition is available for pre-order in India after missing the first refills. This time, however, the pure digital console will not be available exclusively in Sony’s ShopAtSC store, but will be available from all major retailers.
PS5 Disc vs. Digital Edition – Which Is Better Value For Money?
The regular PS5 console (disc) costs Rs. 10,000 more than its digital counterpart, but is it worth the extra cost? Buying a digital-only console could cost more in the long run, given PlayStation’s store policies and console game prices in India. While PS5 Disk Edition owners can use the used games market to save money on up-to-date games, PS5 Digital Edition owners can only purchase games from the PlayStation Store. There are limitations to this, with the main differences being in the pricing of games. The PlayStation Store has lots of sales year round, but the discounts seldom compete with the physical copy prices you find in the used game market. When you have a ton of PS4 games on disc, say goodbye to playing them on the PS5 digital edition.
Ultimately, it depends on the individual customer whether the physical or digital version meets their needs.
PS5 Forced Bundles – Can You Avoid Them?
Sony has officially asked participating retailers not to force PS5 bundles on customers. Even so, it is possible that some of them will not only allow you to purchase the PS5 console. In most cases, retailers bundle the console with either a game or an additional controller, and sometimes both. In that case, if you’re looking to purchase Sony’s new console now, an extra controller isn’t the worst addition to it. With most PS5 games now regularly discounted, especially physical copies, it can be difficult to turn down a launch title with a bundle. If all goes well, most retailers shouldn’t be forcing a bundle on customers.
Save payment information before pre-booking begins
This is a no-brainer, but we mention it because many potential PS5 customers get everything right by the time they reach the payment gateway. Every second counts during a pre-order period, and they usually don’t last long unless the store opts for a staggered start. Therefore, you should have your billing information available on every website you have signed up to.
Bots can be your best friend if you know how to use them
While opening multiple store tabs can increase your chances of securing a PS5, having a helpful bot by your side is always handy. The PS5 India community has seen some pretty dedicated members creating bots to help with notifying them when new stock hits the stores. You can also use browser extensions to keep track of shop pages and automatically open a tab when the “Add to Cart” option goes live. In addition to these methods, there is also an unofficial but helpful PlayStation India Discord server where members are eager to help newcomers back up their consoles or swap games.
What’s the best dealer to pre-book a PS5?
An informal survey conducted on an unofficial PS5 India Discord server found that most customers list Amazon as the least of concern. Meanwhile, retailers like Games The Shop have often come under fire for being unable to keep their website alive while it replenishes.
In addition to the PS5 console, new accessories such as the newly revealed Midnight Black and Cosmic Red DualSense controllers will also be available at all major retailers in India on July 12th.
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