This applies not only to Japan, but the whole world.
Sony announced this on the official blog a few hours after the post, which only concerned the start of sales in Japan. The reason was also called the Covid-19 pandemic: the company wants buyers to stay at home as much as possible and take precautions.
On the day the console launches on November 19, you will not be able to purchase it in retail stores – abandon plans to visit or queue up in stores in your city that day in the hope of purchasing a PS5. Take care of yourself, stay at home and place your order online.
from Sony statement
It will be possible to purchase the console at the start only from partner retailers through online stores. Anyone who has already pre-ordered at retail will still be able to pick up the PS5 at a specific retailer. The time and conditions will be determined by the sellers themselves, so Sony advises buyers to contact them in advance to clarify when and how the device will be available.
The Japanese division of PlayStation also said that the launch lots of next-generation consoles allocated to the country have been completely disassembled. Whether there is enough supplies around the world is still unclear. Many online stores have already stopped collecting pre-orders, as they have reached their allocated limit, but, for example, in the official Russian Sony Store, you can still place an order.
The release of PS5 in Pakistan and most countries of the world will take place on November 19. In some regions, including the US and Japan, the console will go on sale a week earlier on the 12th.