Sony allegedly confirms that only the PlayStation 5 Classic Edition is coming to India at the console's launch
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Sony's PS5 release announcement for the Indian market may have come as a long-awaited relief for many gamers in that country. However, it seems there is a sting in this tale: the company now apparently only plans to make the disc drive-enabled version of the console available between the start of its first pre-order window and its February 2021 release.
This means the Digital Edition will not be listed anywhere until a later, unspecified date. IGN India has reached out to Sony for confirmation of this story, as has the Twitter account @PS5India. They have been told the same thing: not only is this the case, but Indian sales of its first-party headset, HD camera and the charging station for the new DualSense controller are also now delayed.
The news may come as a blow to many prospective buyers who had been willing to settle for the Digital Edition. It is slated to cost INR 39,990 (~US$545), about the same as the Xbox Series S (widely seen as the less desirable alternative) in the same country.
The INR 49,990 (~$682) Classic Edition, at least, has reportedly landed safely with its various retailers across India in preparation for the first day of pre-orders (about 3 days from now (January 9, 2021)).
However, those planning to buy their PS5 offline have been advised to call Sony's toll-free 1800-103-7799 number to make sure of their closest possible store with available units.
In addition, metro areas are said to be in line for preferential treatment in terms of PS5 stock. Therefore, those in even slightly remote areas may be better off trying an online store from January 12 at 12:00 IST.