Sony invites you to register to preorder the PlayStation 5 price-unseen

    
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Sony invites you to register to preorder the PlayStation 5 price-unseen

My kids don’t know it yet, but they are probably getting a PlayStation 5 within the next year. It’s likely to be a big chunk of change, which is we we have to budget for these things. I’ll probably be digging around for a deal and farming actual game purchases out to the grandparents.

But there is one thing I will not be doing: registering to preorder without even knowing the price. Just holding up my hand and saying, Yes please, I will pay anything, just give me the chance! Flag my account as one of your most desperate, hungry customers! Stoppit.

This is apparently what Sony is up to right now: tossing invites to selected PSN users to get in that virtual line. You have to register your PSN to the list first, and then the company or its algorithm decides who gets to preorder “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities.” (That stipulation is from the FAQ itself, and we assume it’s meant to block bots, not to rank how hardcore a gamer you are.)

And since Sony still hasn’t announced the price, you don’t even really have complete info on what you’re signing up to try to buy. The announcement even expressly plays on your fear of missing out on a first-come-first-served signup (remember that dark patterns Daily Grind we just did?). The upside is it’s not binding, so you can always just… not preorder it even if you’re picked and given the chance. But still.

Source: Sony, Kotaku, GIbiz

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Salman ahmed

All these things are pointing towards a steep price 600-650$ for higher spec consoles

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Richard de Leon III

imma gonna wait a year like the others. in case hardware problems come up…

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NeoWolf

Price Unseen… yeah, no. I’ll get one, but I will pay a good price not ANY price. Why create future problems for yourself by giving them the okay to charge whatever the heck they want… silly consumers.

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AGx-07_162

It doesn’t really matter what it costs, honestly. I’m still buying one. As a gamer, you’re doing yourself a disservice not having Sony’s PlayStation consoles. There’s next to nothing that would have kept me from he’s like GOW, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us, Spider-Man, etc. The exclusives are just too good and with no sign of going away, I’ll be buying one. The only thing for me to consider is why the launch lineup looks like which will determine if it’s a Day 1 buy or if I’ll wait.

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Java Jawa

pass, going with the xbox personally – supposed to be more powerful hardware anyways and i like the current gens UI better

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memitim

I don’t see a problem here. You are either buying one or you aren’t. *shrug*

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Loopy

Ooorrr people who are on the fence and aren’t fanboying one brand have 0 information to guide their purchasing decisions?

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Rahayan_Darkleaf

Come now, there’s no need to exaggerate. For Xbox and Playstation we know the hardware specs, how they are going to be used in games, we know how they look like, we know some exclusive titles for both. In case of Xbox, we know how the UI looks like, for Playstation we got a glimpse of it.

And let’s be real, most people who are already invested in one brand usually stick with it, so the people who are on the fence are in the minority, and saying there’s 0 information is simply not true.

The only thing we don’t know is the price point for both of these, and while it’s an important one I’ll admit, it’s not the end of the world, since we can make educated guesses based on the prices of the previous generations of consoles.

And last but not least, you can always sign up to preorder a PS5 and then still decide to go with Xbox, so there really is no need to make an issue out of nothing.

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McGuffn

It will be a problem if there’s limited availability.

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memitim

That’s obviously what this is for, if you are one of those people who simply *must* have a new console the day it launches then this is for you, those people don’t care about the price all that much and we know it’s not going to be $10,000 and even if it is there no commitment. Everyone else will do the sensible thing and wait a year or 2 while the hardware issues are ironed out, the price drops a bit and games that aren’t ports or don’t really look much different to the current gen come out. Or if you’re like me and haven’t owned a console since the PS2 you can just say ‘meh’ and get on with your life. Much ado about nothing.

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Sleepy

Hahahahahaha!

No.

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BalsBigBrother

Worth noting that at the moment that preorder is US only. Sigh.

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Bruno Brito

Sony expects too much of me, and i’m happy to disappoint.

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starbuck1771

I will stick with XBox and go with the series X

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Arktouros

Same, I went cheap with an Xbox One S to see how it is and I really liked it. I love how I can go back and forth between Xbox and PC and the save games transfer and everything. Only reason I don’t play more on the Xbox now is it’s a bit slow which the Series X should fix.

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Pandalulz

I’ll admit I’m a bit of a Playstation fanboi. I like the exclusives, not necessarily the first party ones, but all the dumb b-grade 3rd party RPGs that never make it over to XBox. But I’m also not an early adopter, so eh, I’ll pick one up when the 2nd gen version comes out. I still have enough games on PS4 to last me another decade.

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starbuck1771

I used to love the playstation until this: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/sony-reveals-second-data-breach-24-million-soe-accounts-hacked/article597815/

Sony keeps saying they won’t get hacked again but it keeps happening. I figure better safe then sorry.

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Pandalulz

Meh, once the DoD system got hacked, exposing my application for my TS Clearance with 20 years of employment, credit, and residence history, all my family’s social security numbers, birthdates, etc, a tiny hack that might show a username and maybe a credit card number seems a little irrelevant to me anymore. I know it’s not the right attitude, but I just don’t give a fuck at this point.

The lesson I learned was to put the least amount of info possible out there because things are going to get hacked.

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starbuck1771

My issue isn’t that they got hacked but the fact that they keep getting hacked and fail to improve their security.

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Pandalulz

I mean, if the last major hack was nine years ago, I’d say you’re just holding a grudge. But there’s a reason I only have a non-identifying email address and individualized password attached to my PSN account and nothing else.

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starbuck1771

Actually they are constantly being hacked. PSN is part of the Sony Network and it’s all ways getting hacked.