PS5 India Restock Pre-Order Tips and Tricks
Trying to find a PlayStation 5 during the current shortage is hard, and every little bit of 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 Just One Store
Since almost every store starts accepting pre-orders at around the same time, it’s best not to rely on just one store. Every PS5 India restock has seen extremely high traffic on each of these stores, with many going down almost immediately after restock period begins. As such, we recommend having multiple tabs open for each store.
Here are all the retailers where you can buy a PS5 during the July restock.
- Flipkart – Rs. 49,990 (Disc) / Rs. 39,990 (Digital)
- ShopAtSC – Rs. 49,990 (Disc) / Rs. 39,990 (Digital)
- Games The Shop – 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 will mark the third time that the PS5 Digital Edition will be available for pre-order in India after missing the first couple of restocks. This time though, the digital-only console will not be exclusive to Sony’s ShopAtSC store and instead will be available across all major retailers.
PS5 Disc vs Digital Edition – Which One’s The Better Value?
The regular PS5 (disc) console costs Rs. 10,000 more than its digital counterpart, but is it worth the extra cost? Getting a digital-only console could cost more in the long run when PlayStation’s store policies are taken into account and the pricing of console games in India. While PS5 disk edition owners can turn to the used games market for saving money on recent games, PS5 digital edition owners can only buy games from the PlayStation store. This comes with its caveats, with the biggest being regular differences in the pricing of games. The PlayStation store hosts many sales throughout the year, but the discounts seldom compete with the prices of physical copies you’ll find in the used games market. If you have a ton of PS4 games on disc, say goodbye to playing them on the PS5 digital edition.
Ultimately, it will come down to the individual customers on whether the physical or digital version suits their needs.
PS5 Forced Bundles – Can You Avoid Them?
Sony has officially told participating retailers to not force PS5 bundles on customers. Despite that, it’s possible that some of them will not let you buy just the PS5 console. In most cases, retailers are bundling the console with either one game or one extra controller, and sometimes both. In that case, if you want to get Sony’s new console right now, then an extra controller isn’t the worst additional pickup. With most PS5 games now regularly found on discount, especially physical copies, turning down a launch title with a bundle may be tricky. If all goes well, then most retailers shouldn’t be forcing a bundle on customers.
Save Payment Information Before Pre-Booking Starts
This one’s a no-brainer, but we’re mentioning it because many potential PS5 customers do everything right until they hit the payment gateway. Every second count during a pre-order phase, and they generally don’t last long unless the store decides on a staggered launch. As such, you should have your payment information ready on each website that you’ve logged in to.
Bots Can Be Your Best Friend, If You Know How To Use Them
While having multiple store tabs open can increase your chances of securing a PS5, it’s always handy to have a helpful bot by your side. The PS5 India community has seen some pretty dedicated members create bots that help in notifying when new stock arrives in stores. You can also use browser extensions to keep track of store pages and open a tab automatically when the ‘add to cart’ option goes live. In addition to those methods, there’s also an unofficial, but helpful PlayStation India discord server where members are keen to help newcomers in securing their consoles or trading games.
What Is The Best Retailer to Pre-Book a PS5?
An informal poll conducted on an unofficial PS5 India discord server showed most customers listing Amazon as being the least worrisome throughout the experience. Meanwhile, retailers like Games The Shop have frequently come under fire for not being able to keep their website live during restocks.
Alongside the PS5 console, new accessories like the newly revealed Midnight Black and Cosmic Red DualSense controllers will also be available to purchase in India on July 12 from all major retailers.
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