Sony said on Friday that it will launch the PlayStation 5 in India on Feb.2, suggesting improvements in the supply chain network, which was hit hard last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Japanese company announced that it will start accepting pre-order requests for the new game console in India, the world's second largest internet market, on January 12th. The console can be pre-ordered from a number of retailers, including Amazon India and Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, Games the Shop, Sony Center and Vijay Sales, the company said.
The PlayStation 5 costs Rs 49,990 ($ 685) while the digital version of the console costs Rs 39,990 ($ 550). In comparison, the Xbox Series X in India costs $ 685 and the Xbox Series S is $ 480. Both consoles were launched in India in November.
However, similar to elsewhere in the world, Microsoft is struggling to meet demand for the new Xbox consoles in India. Xbox Series X is facing such a huge shortage in the country that it is not even easy to find their page on Amazon India.
Today's announcement should allay the concerns of loyal PlayStation fans, some of whom – including yours, of course – have secured a unit from the gray market at a premium over the past few months after India failed to join the first wave of nations for the PS5. Fans have also been frustrated with Sony and its affiliate partners for failing to offer clarification or conflicting reports about the expected launch of the new game console over the past few months.
In November, Sony suggested delaying the launch of the PS5 in India due to local import regulations. Gaming news site The Mako Reactor reported earlier this week that Sony is unlikely to offer warranty or after-sales support for PlayStation 5 accessories in India – as it has with several previous generations.
India is not yet a large market for full-fledged game consoles. According to industry estimates, Sony and Microsoft sold only a few hundred thousand units of their previous generation consoles in the country. Thanks to the increasing spread of affordable Android smartphones and the world's cheapest tariffs for mobile data, tens of millions of Indians have chosen mobile games in recent years.