The way Sony India has proceeded with the launch of the PS5 has been far from desirable from a gamer perspective. Sony has announced a pre-order for its new console two months after the official global launch date in India. And after the first round of pre-orders, the company has not officially brought replenishment to India.
The company was rumored to be set to restock the PS5 in India at the end of March. But according to this report from IGN India, the Bengaluru-based Prepaidgamercard store has informed that the restocking date has now been moved to April.
This is in direct conflict with news from the Croma and Sony Centers which informed people that the restockings would take place in March. Earlier reports had claimed restockings were delayed and would apparently be set for the second week of April.
But like most, we recommend that users do not take this news as confirmed information, and this is based on Sony’s attitude towards its Indian consumers. And this confusion is fueled by the fact that Sony has maintained an iron silence regarding the PS5 in India. Sony PlayStation India boss Prosenjit Ghosh’s comment in 2020 made it clear that the PS5 isn’t even a priority for the company.
Potential PS5 buyers and gamers are understandably enraged by this blatant disregard for them. Given that the United States and other territories receive regular replenishments, and even the Xbox Series X has received multiple replenishments since its launch in India, the situation with the PS5 is even more gruesome.
When the Xbox is able to restock with no problem, why not @PlayStation @PlayStationIN. We as the gaming fraternity are upset and decided to make our voices heard. # restockps5india https://t.co/pA1mDgcgmZMarch 27, 2021
@Sony @PlayStation @PlayStationIN We are trying very hard to reverse the apparent 90% market share in India. # RestockPS5IndiaMarch 27, 2021
Being one of the lucky few who managed to get their hands on the PS5 launch stock in India, I understand how inconvenient it is for other gamers who haven’t been able to. So, @PlayStationIN @PlayStation, please # restockps5india. There have been 0 replenishments so far. Listen to the fans.March 27, 2021
Sony has claimed that its consoles’ market share in India is the largest and yet it manages to ignore restockings of its new console. And it’s not like there isn’t a demand for the console in India, and in fact, the Indian gaming community has been vehemently asking for restockings.