The Japanese company Sony said on Friday that it will launch the PlayStation 5 in India on February 2, and the company said it will start taking pre-orders for its new game console in India, which is the second-largest Internet market in the world, on January 12. This indicates improvements in the supply chain network that was severely affected last year by the coronavirus pandemic.
The company added that the console will be available for pre-order from a number of retailers including Amazon India, Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, Games the Shop, Sony Center, Vijay Sales, and others.
Fans have been frustrated with Sony and its affiliates for not providing an explanation or providing conflicting accounts about the possible launch of the new gaming console in recent months. Today’s announcement should calm the fears of loyal PlayStation fans, some of whom – some of whom have acquired a console from the gray market. A premium in recent months after India was not included in the first wave of states for PS5.
Sony had suggested that it delay the launch of the PS5 in India in November due to local import regulations.
Some gaming news sites reported earlier this week that Sony is unlikely to provide warranty and after-sales support for PlayStation 5 accessories in India – as has been the case for several previous generations.
The PlayStation 5 price in India comes in at 49,990 Indian rupees ($ 685), while the digital console version will sell for 39,990 Indian rupees ($ 550).
In contrast, the Xbox Series X is $ 685 in India, and the Xbox Series S is $ 480. Both devices were launched in India in November.
However, Microsoft is struggling to meet the demand for new Xbox consoles in India as it is anywhere else in the world. The Xbox Series X is facing a massive shortage in the country.
According to industry estimates, Sony and Microsoft only sold a few hundreds of thousands of previous-generation consoles in the country, India is no longer a big market for full game consoles yet. Thanks to the proliferation of affordable Android smartphones and the cheapest mobile data tariffs in the world, tens of millions of Indians in recent years have adopted playing games via mobile devices.