PlayStation 5 was formally announced to the world by Sony on October 8 in an exclusive story to The Wired. The official release window for the next-gen console has been set to Christmas of 2020. Post big announcement, Game Mania, a retailer in Netherlands and Belgium (tipped on LetsGoDigtial) has jumped the gun 12 months ahead of launch. It has started taking PS5 pre-orders in advance.
The retailer, originally from Belgium, guarantees that you will be one of the first in the Netherlands and Belgium to own PS5 before it hits shop shelves. All that is needed is to make a visit to one of the 76 Game Mania branches and make a deposit of €50. The facility to make reservations via the webshop is not yet feasible. GameMania will put your name on a pre-order waiting list and you will be entitled to have the PlayStation before anyone. The names on the PS5 Pre-orders list will be attended in the order of priority by the retailer.
There has not been any communication about the number of copies Sony will be selling. Also, there is no clarity which country will be the first to receive and how many copies. Also, there is nothing official on whether the markets of the Netherlands and Belgium will be the first to get the console.
Game Mania has not listed the actual price of PS5 but it will unquestionably be more than €50. Now the question that pops up is what will be the launch price of PS5, how will it compare to previous generations, and what bundles you will actually get?
PS5 architect Mark Cerny in an unpublished interview with Wired author Peter Rubin claims that the recommended retail price should be “appealing to gamers in light of its advanced feature set”. In other words, it’ll be priced higher than normal prices of PS consoles. Sony PS4 model which was launched three years ago received an introductory price of $399. Taking a cue from this, PS5 can be tipped slightly higher than the $399 launch price of the PS4. Keeping in mind its robust technology and advanced features, the price should hover around $599 mark.
Game Mania gives the flexibility to call it quits at any point in time. You can withdraw your name by cancelling the PlayStation 5 reservation and get a refund. The PS5 Pre-orders amount will be deposited back in cash. In case you want to go ahead with the purchase of the PS5 game console, the pre-order payment will be deducted from the final sale price. Media Markt of Sweden had also announced a fictitious selling price of €9999 for Sony PS5 on its website but no pre-order page was created.
Sony is planning a larger reveal for the PS5 slated for 2020. It is expected to come out with the PS5 launch titles. Till that time, bear with the rumours which are giving hints at mega titles to be bundled at the time of launch. The titles doing rounds are Horizon Zero Dawn 2 on PS5 to GTA 6 as a PS5 exclusive and from Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 to PS5 versions of Death Stranding and Cyberpunk 2077. Though Sony has not endorsed them but if these games do get confirmed then the PS5 Pre-orders rush will not be limited to Belgium fans only.