If you have it in you to beat scalpers and bots to the punch, you can order a retro PlayStation 2-inspired PlayStation 5 from 3pm EST Friday 8th. January.
The console from SUP3R5 is manufactured in the USA and will be limited to 304 units – a number that in itself is inspired by PS2’s original release date 03/04/00. The starting price is $ 649. SUP3R5 also sells DualSense controllers separately for $ 99 each, and they will be limited to 500 units. Both products will start shipping sometime in late spring this year.
A DualSense disclaimer warns potential buyers that the “retro-inspired conversion process requires complete disassembly” of the device. This means that there will be no guarantees, so if your controller goes out, you are missing $ 99 and nothing to replace it with. The good news is that the console itself will not be disassembled ̵
“The SUP3R5 team uses the retro-inspired design carefully on each device by hand, a tedious process performed with the utmost attention to detail and quality,” reads an official description. “The entire process is performed gloved and with the necessary safety precautions so that the console, controller and accessories are untouched by human hands.”
Given that a significant portion of the PlayStation community has still not secured the white standard PS5 that was officially released in November last year, it can be a dream come true to be able to order this. But it’s worth a try, I guess.