According to its own information, Sony Interactive Entertainment sees the future in digital distribution. Despite everything, the PS5 Digital Edition will not be released in all countries.
Last week, interested players were given the opportunity to pre-order the PS5 for the first time. As can be seen from the information provided by the users, the majority of the models delivered were based on the classic PlayStation 5 model, while the digital edition played a subordinate role.
This information is currently underpinned by retailers from the UK, who confirmed to Eurogamer that the Digital Edition accounted for just 20% of the consoles delivered to date. At GameStop in the USA, this value was between 13% and 33%, depending on the branch. According to the retailer, the Digital Edition made up 25% of the PS5 systems pre-ordered from GameStop in the US.
According to a recent tweet from PlayStation Arabia, however, not all countries will receive the digital version of the PlayStation 5. The Middle East, for example, is left out, as it makes little sense to release the Digital Edition due to the poorly developed internet infrastructure.
As PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan indicated in a recent interview, Sony Interactive Entertainment sees digital distribution as the future of the video game industry. The Japanese company, therefore, assumes that the digital version of the PlayStation 5 will enjoy steadily growing popularity in the coming years. As an example, Ryan cited the fact that many of today’s teenagers are now growing up purely digitally and not buying music, movies, or video games on the disc.
PS5 will be available from November 12 in some countries and on November 19, 2020, worldwide. While the classic model can be purchased for $499, the digital edition will be available for a price of $399.