It has been a rollercoaster of emotions for console gamers in Malaysia since the PS5 pre-order was announced last week, namely with Gamers Hideout infamous PWP (purchase with purchase) bundle for the PS5 pre-order. The Malaysian retail store has since been silent on the matter ... until earlier this afternoon when they issued a statement on the PS5 pre-order controversy.
Even though they finally addressed the matter and made claims "to readjust your purchases", many were still unsatisfied by their apology, especially when they addressed it as the "unpopular PS5 PWP bundle":
We - and definitely those who pre-ordered the PlayStation 5 from them - are holding our breaths to know how Gamers Hideout will "readjust your purchases", so we'll be keeping close tabs on their page to see how this unfolds.
This event started when many scrambling were to buy the first batch of PS5 consoles in the country, due to be out on 11 December. Many were frustrated by the extremely limited stock of PS5 that stores were allowed to accept, and though every other store pretty much sold the console - both the standard and digital edition - individually as expected, Gamers Hideout chose to do things differently, shoving numerous compulsory add-ons to customers' PS5 pre-orders. Even with the cheapest add-ons (which includes one PS5 game, a three-game mystery pack, and two PS5 accessories), buying standard PS5 bundle at Gamers Hideout can go only go as low as RM3030, forcing you to pay around RM700 extra just to get the PS5 early.
How do you think Gamers Hideout will handle this issue? Let us know in the comments section!
Even though Playstation Asia announced the PlayStation 5 (PS5) Asia Celebration Showcase last week, fans were quick to point out the absence of news regarding the launch of the high-anticipated next-generation console. Fast forward to today (the day of the showcase, no less), and we finally have confirmation on the retail price and release date of the PS5 in Malaysia.
The PS5 Digital Edition will be sold at RM1,869, while the "normal" PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be sold at RM2,299, higher than the PS4's launch price of RM1,799 in 2013. But when your PS5 has a custom high-end processor with integrated CPU and GPU to deliver ultra-high graphics in up to 4K, with an insanely high-speed SSD for lightning-quick loading, it's unsurprising for the price to be ramped up. Not to mention you have the all-new DualSense Wireless Controller with haptic feedback and dynamic adaptive triggers for total immersion, so you can feel the game you play more.
Here are the prices for the following PS5 accessories too:
Apart from that, based on the latest pricing of PS5 exclusive games, looks like we have to expect next-generation games to be more expensive now. Brand new PS4 games tend to be as high as RM259 in their standard editions, but the price for Demon's Souls has been revealed to be RM299. Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales may be priced lower at RM209, but keep in mind that Miles Morales is more like a huge expansion than a main game akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which sold at RM169 upon release.
And finally, PS5 launches next month on 11 December in Malaysia, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow (12 November) in Malaysia. You can find all the official retailers that will accept PS5 pre-orders on the official Playstation website, plus full specs of the PS5.
Don't forget to catch the PlayStation 5 (PS5) Asia Celebration Showcase tonight (11 November) at 11PM (GMT +8) on YouTube, with JJ Lin, Joakim Gomez and Victoria Cheng making an appearance.