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Sony warns fans across the world not to camp or queue outside shops for a PS5

Console will be sold online only, globally.

Sony has announced all day-of launch PlayStation 5 sales will be online only, globally.

It comes after Sony announced it will not sell the PS5 in stores in Japan.

Sony took the decision due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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"In the interest of keeping our gamers, retailers, and staff safe amidst COVID-19, today we are confirming that all day-of launch sales will be conducted through the online stores of our retail partners," Sony said in a blog post.

"No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) - please don't plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.

"Gamers who have pre-ordered for pick-up at their local retailer should still be able to do so at their designated appointment time, under the retailer's safety protocols. Please confirm the details with your local retailer.

"A special thank you to our entire community for your continued support this year. Here's to the next generation of gaming!"

PS5 goes on sale on 12th November in Japan, and a week later in the UK. In England, shops will sell next-gen consoles even during the four-week lockdown via click-and-collect - but only to those who have an in-store pre-order.

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