Sony to release more PS5 consoles for pre-order

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Sony Corp. this week said it will release more PlayStation 5 units for pre-order following an abrupt pre-sale initiative in which major retail stores sold out of hardware in minutes.

The company this week tweeted an apology to consumers and added that additional PS5 units will be available through the end of the year.

Last week, U.S. retailers including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.com sold out of initial pre-order sales for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition.

The PS5 Digital Edition held very limited quantities and sold out within five minutes, while the standard SKU sold out in a span of 10 to 20 minutes at each retailer.

Best Buy’s online division experienced checkout glitches for hours as customers were unable to complete the checkout process.

The PS5 will be sold at $499 Nov. 12.

The PS5 Digital Edition, which does not include a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive, will be sold at $399 Nov. 12.

Launch territories include the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

It will be sold in other territories, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa, Nov. 19.

The hardware will include an eight-core AMD Ryzen CPU based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture at 3.5Ghz variable frequency. The custom Radeon GPU will include 36 compute units at 2.23Ghz for 10.28 TFLOPs capability, 8K graphics support, and ray-tracing to model the travel of light against 3D models.

In addition, the new chipset will include 3D audio to better represent sound from various directions.

The hardware will include 16GB GDDR6 RAM. Memory bandwidth will total 448GB per second.

For storage, a new 825GB solid-state drive will be included to decrease load times and increase the amount of data pushed to render graphics. An NVMe SSD slot will allow for additional storage.

Finally, the console is backwards compatible to the PS4 and the PlayStation VR headset.


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