Sony sets up kinda vague lottery for a chance to buy a PS5

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#1  Edited By El_Blarfo

Via Kotaku.

You sign up with your PSN account and next month you (maybe) get a chance to buy a console. As the article mentions, the fact that Sony is drawing names based on “previous interests and PlayStation activities” is at best weird and poorly defined, but seems like there's a pretty limited downside.

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I prefer the lottery method with high demand products rather than the alternative of not being able to access a website because everyone else is trying to do the same at one time and it selling out after a couple minutes.

I don't know what Sony means by their stipulation unless they mean to give a higher chance to people who have shown they use a Playstation console rather than someone who just made a PSN account that day to potentially sell it off. But that leaves people who are first time PS buyers so who knows?

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#3  Edited By brian_  Online

Sounds like what they did with pre-orders, which is how I got my PS5. I'm sure they just prioritize people by how much money they've spent on PlayStation stuff.

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In the US.

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They've been quietly sending invitations to PSN accounts for awhile now. Unfortunately it's a bit difficult to suss out what criteria they use to determine who gets one, but I suspect if you don't at least have an active PS+ sub you're out of luck.

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I tried the lottery thing at launch and it didn't do anything for me, and I've bought and played a lot of games on Sony's consoles over the years. So yeah, who really knows how they pick the winners?

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If any of you have Sony Rewards, you should take a look at the Sweepstakes Prize offer where you can use "25 reward points" for one entry.

And, since it a Sweepstakes...in the US....some of you might put two & two together about Sweepstakes laws to understand what a SASE would do for the cost of two stamps. Anyone? ....Anyone? Full rules on the website.

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Last time they were running a variant of this with the queue system was how I nabbed mine, and I found it pretty easy too.

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Feels like you would still be better off just trawling on stock checkers if you really wanted one.

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yeah, i think this is probably just an expansion of what they've been doing awhile. i got this email in july; i presume it's a similar thing? i don't even remember if i had to opt-in or not.

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Registered for this last week, got my notice I'd been selected for the queue yesterday, and just got my order in. Pretty surprised, honestly, as I didn't at all expect I'd be on the priority list. Maybe it's more random than I figured.

Coincidentally, just got a video card through the EVGA queue last week after being on that list for a year plus.

That's it for me. Done buying hardware for awhile.

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PSA: I screwed up royally by not checking my email and missing the invite to purchase a PS5 back in November. (They only give you 24 hours' notice or less.) But yesterday I got another invitation and was able to purchase a console pretty easily this morning. I don't know if new people are still able to sign up, but maybe check your email if you were already registered for this. It might be based on whenever they receive a new shipment, and it's apparently still ongoing.

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PSA: I screwed up royally by not checking my email and missing the invite to purchase a PS5 back in November. (They only give you 24 hours' notice or less.) But yesterday I got another invitation and was able to purchase a console pretty easily this morning. I don't know if new people are still able to sign up, but maybe check your email if you were already registered for this. It might be based on whenever they receive a new shipment, and it's apparently still ongoing.

Good to hear, congradulations.

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#14  Edited By monkeyking1969

I think I got teh third email from Sony giving me a window to buy, and as luck would have ist I saw ist three hours before ist would be valid and I was going to be off work when that chance would coem up. So I was able to buy a PS 5 w/media dics system.

Sadly, this occured when my works life, home life, and future seem more cloudy. I hope that in the next few weeks I will have solutiosns (or mediation to) my other problesm so I can ENJOY my new purchase. Take care everyone. Please know that people care about you. Even when things seem difficult there are people rooting for you to succeed and prosper.

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Really crummy that these consoles are not somewhat widely available. Especially after 2 years and people still having a heck of a time finding.

With these hardware shortages, either this gen is going to be super short or super long.

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#16  Edited By psmgamer

I gotten those emails though wish I had $500 to get one. Probably just save up till the end of the year.

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#17  Edited By Arjailer
@wickedcobra03 said:

Really crummy that these consoles are not somewhat widely available. Especially after 2 years and people still having a heck of a time finding.

Erm ... it's been just over a year. 14 months to be precise.

But either way, it's still a bummer that they're not easier to get :-(