Sony’s online portal, ShopAtSC, has changed the PS5 listing page to “Notify Me” from “Sold Out”.
Various reports online are hinting at a March 2021 restock for India.
Sony is taking strict action against those scalping PS5s in India.
Update: 2 March 2021, 4:46 PM: New information suggests that the PS5 will not be available till the end of March 2021. This story has been updated to reflect the same.
If you didn’t manage to secure a PS5 at launch, then it looks like you won't have to wait long to get your hands on the console. A report in early February from IGN India suggested that we could see restocks of the PS5 in India in March 2021. Now, it is the end of February, and Sony has changed the console’s status on its own India website, ShopAtSC, from “Sold Out” to “Notify Me.” However, now it looks like the PS5 will not be restocked in India till the end of March 2021. You can learn all the new details here.
The information comes from Twitter user @PS5India. Clicking on “Notify Me” on ShopAtSC leads users to input information like Name, Mobile Number, email-ID and Pin Code.
ShopAtSC has gone from "Sold Out" to "Notify Me" on the PS5 listing. https://t.co/CIs5MKACSl
— Is PS5 Out in India? (@PS5India) February 22, 2021
What remains to be seen is whether Sony officially announces the restocking date and time for India or whether consumers will have to be in touch with retailers for that information. During the pre-order phase, in a statement, Sony said, “Please stay in touch with retailers for the next pre-order phase.”
The PS5 is available in India via scalpers who are selling the console at a premium. While the online gaming community in India is activity reporting them, it was recently highlighted that Sony’s authorised sellers were a part of the PS5 scalping syndicate. Sony, in a statement, said, “We have taken serious note of the feedback of our patrons that have been made on our social media handle and reportedly on other platforms. We sincerely expect that the third party retail partners operate in compliance of the legal framework of our country and follow ethical business practices. We have a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ for any practices that are inconsistent to the afore-said. We have taken steps, as deemed appropriate and available with the company including but not limited to discontinuing our association with such channel partners.”
If you are looking to pick up a PS5, you can check out our review of the console here. You can also check out our in-depth comparison with the Xbox Series X here. While the PS5 is a great console, there are still some things the console can’t do. Here is a look at what’s missing from the PS5.