A petition demanding a PS5 restock date in India has seen more signatures than Sony’s official PS5 sales in the country. It launched over the weekend and in just three days it has surpassed Sony’s own official India sales for the console. At the time of filing this story, the Change.org petition has over 5,500 signatures. For comparison’s sake, import data suggests that Sony had around 4,000 PS5s at launch.
First reported by IGN India, the petition was started by SV Yesvanth Kumar on April 24. Kumar is an Information Security Engineer at a major technology company based in Bengaluru. He told us that this is an effort to “bring to Sony’s attention that it cannot ignore the Indian gaming community for long.”
While it’s quite possible that there’s some duplication of signatures as well, it’s safe to say that if Sony was looking for a sign of demand outside of a vocal fan base rallying around the #RestockPS5India hashtag on Twitter, the community’s zero tolerance policy against scalpers, and assistance in the form of user-created bots to help would be buyers, this is it.
That said, the company doesn’t comment on restocks and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has delayed supply despite some retailers claiming otherwise.
How long Sony stays quiet will be of interest. Reason being, the company’s silence has already impacted PS5 sales in the country and damaged the PlayStation brand as well. This is because some prospective PS5 owners have already decided to vote with their wallets and went for the Xbox Series X or S instead.
The Indian gaming community has been incredibly vocal about being treated with respect, on par with the company’s customers in developed markets.
During the PS5 launch in India sources in the supply chain speaking to IGN India state that Sony brought in 4,000 to 5,000 units at best. This puts it squarely in line with the PS4’s launch quantity of 4,500 in 2014. Although the PS4 sold out in two weeks across online and offline retail, it’s safe to say that the PS5 would have probably sold out both online and offline when pre-orders began on January 12 before the PS5 India release date of February 2.
And while Sony has not said how many PS5s would be available in India at launch those familiar with the company’s plans tell us 12,000 to 15,000 units would have been ideal for an all-India launch across all cities. Evidently this was not the case.
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