So, the PS5 (review) finally went up for pre-order in India on January 12, but wouldn’t you know it, the consoles were sold out within minutes. It was a little unexpected but considering this was exactly what happened internationally when the PS5 was released, we should have seen it coming. As we’ve reported earlier, Sony India has reached out and let fans know that there will be another phase of pre-orders before the console launches in India on February 12. But, if you’re still looking out for a PS5, there is now a bot that will actually confirm when the console has been restocked and is available for pre-order.
First reported by IGN India, the bot was designed by Shantanu Goel, a Bangalore-based Google Engineer who came up with the solution to help gamers in India. Goel has also created a bot for the Xbox Series X as well, in case you’re looking for that particular console. You can add the bot to your Telegram account, and it will send you notifications when the console is up for pre-order on Amazon. In the interview with IGN India, he said, “I made it because I was interested in buying from Amazon due to the five percent discount on the Amazon credit card and also because I trust Amazon more, when I bought my own device, few others asked for it, and so I converted it into a public channel. I will add Flipkart as well sometime this week when I get time though.”
Goel has developed the bot in his free time, and it’s interesting to see a gamer ecosystem of sorts out there to help Indian gamers. In the meantime, if you still want to know how to pre-order the PS5 in India, you can head on over here. If you’re planning on selling your PS4 to buy a PS5, here are three things you should keep in mind.