With the pandemic continuing to generate havoc in many countries around the world, queuing for anything is not an ideal situation. Thus, Sony has confirmed that in-store purchases won't be allowed. Of course, at previous next-gen console launches, we've seen people camping outside stores desperate to be first to witness their new console. However, this won't be happening this time.
Sid Shuman, from Sony, said that given we are nearing the launch: "in the interest of keeping out 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."