Local retailer DataBlitz has opened pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 in the Philippines.
In an announcement posted on their Facebook page Thursday noon (Nov. 19), the retailer said they would be accepting online pre-orders starting Nov. 20 (Friday) only from 2:00 pm to 2:05 pm.
[UPDATE: Additional store announcements added below]
The five-minute window to order the console was due to the "extremely limited stock situation."
Read the full statement below:
"With the release of the PlayStation 5 console coming up soon, we are glad to announce that we will be accepting ONLINE preorders for the PlayStation 5 tomorrow, November 20, 2020 (Friday), only from 2:00 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. (with preorders closing earlier if stock availability does not permit).
"This preorder offer is open only to all who have signed up to our PlayStation 5 newsletter. We will send out an email tonight or tomorrow morning to everyone who had signed up as of 5:00 p.m. today (19-Nov.) which will include a unique link where customers may go to in order to preorder (note: link will only work by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow).
"Same time, we would like to inform everyone ahead of time that it is highly likely that many would not be able to successfully get a pre-order slot for the PlayStation 5 console because stocks are EXTREMELY LIMITED for this initial offering; hence, we would be conducting our preorder offer strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to one (1) pre-order slot per customer.
"In order to allow for as many customers as possible to have the opportunity to preorder, any and all customers found to be preordering more than one (1) PS5 unit by using different accounts/email addresses will result in all their orders getting cancelled and their payments refunded.
"We are sorry about the extremely limited stock situation right now brought on by the ongoing pandemic that is just beyond our control.
"For those who have not yet signed up to our PS5 Newsletter, we strongly recommend signing up now to receive updates as we will be temporarily disabling it by 5:00 p.m. today. You may click the link below to sign up.
Other local video game stores have also opened up the five-minute PlayStation 5 preorder gates for 2 p.m. today. On their Facebook posts, they shared instructions on how customers can have their preorder slots:
All stores have limited their preorder systems to online requiring the full payment of P27,990 for the PS5 console. All of these local retailers previously announced that Sony's next gen machine will be available in the Philippines on Dec. 11, 2020.