Oct 14, 2021 - Technology

Sony offering chance to buy a PS5 this holiday season

Playstation 5. Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Sony is offering customers the chance to buy a PlayStation 5 directly from them for the holidays.

The details: The offer is invite-only, with selections being made based on “previous interests and PlayStation activities." You'll need to register with Sony first.

  • An invitation does not guarantee a console, however, and quantities are limited to one console per PSN ID.
  • Invites will go out via email beginning in November.

What you can buy:

  • 1 PS5 console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
  • 2 DualSense wireless controllers (Bundles, Cosmic Red or Midnight Black)
  • 3 DualSense wireless controllers (White)
  • 1 PS5 Media Remote
  • 1 Pulse 3D wireless headset

Why it matters: Consoles remain difficult to get ahold of, thanks to complications like a chip shortage related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Buying a PS5 (or an Xbox Series X/S, for that matter) is still a scavenger hunt. You need to either be very fast for retailer restocks, very lucky, or both.
  • Shortages are expected to continue into next year, though the console continues to sell remarkably well.

Yes, but: It’s only for U.S. customers. You can get one if you're located outside of the states and have it shipped to a U.S. address.

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