Recently, Sony has announced that the PS5 pre-order page has gone live, however, there’s a catch. In order to be eligible to pre-order the PS5, you must first “register for an opportunity to be one of the first to pre-order your PS5 console from PlayStation,” as stated on the PlayStation pre-order webpage.
In order to register, you must be an existing PlayStation member. If you are already a member, all you have to do is enter your PlayStation online ID and your account will be submitted for renewal to determine if you are eligible to be one of the first to pre-order the new PS5.
How exactly does Sony determine if you are eligible? According to the PlayStation FAQ page, their selection is based on “previous interests and PlayStation activities.” Could this refer to how long you’ve had your account for? Or how many games you have? What exactly this means, we’re not sure of.
If selected, Sony states that they will “contact you via an email before pre-orders start.”
Even being selected doesn’t guarantee you a PS5. Members who are selected will have a limited time from when they receive the email to make a PS5 console pre-order reservation. Also, the FAQ page says that “as long as you ship to a US-based address, your pre-order reservation will be allowed.” So if you don’t live inside the US, it looks like you’re out of luck to be eligible to pre-order a PS5 console in the first round.
In addition, you are only allowed to pre-order one PS5 per PSN ID.
While the PS5 console is expected to release “Holiday 2020,” the console’s exact release date, price, and other details are yet to be announced by Sony.