Ratchet & Clank PS5 hardware bundles are turning up in the wild

It seems rumours of a new PS5 hardware bundle featuring Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart are real, even though Sony hasn’t announced it yet.

Considering the stock problems the normal versions of the PlayStation 5 are having it’s going to be a very long time before there are any custom models, of the sort that have been commonplace in previous generations.

Special coloured versions or consoles with logos from specific games on them would take up precious extra time on the production lines, so fans and third parties are having to make them themselves – such as the infamous attempts to make a black PlayStation 5.

That doesn’t mean Sony can’t create hardware bundles though, since they’re just a normal console with a copy of a game, and the first such example of that looks like it’s going to be Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Although the game is out this Friday, Sony hasn’t mentioned anything about a hardware bundle and yet French outlet StationOfPlay not only broke news of the bundle’s existence but has now got hands-on photos of it.

The bundle first appeared in the database of French retailer Boulanger (the same one that listed the Switch Pro) on June 2, along with what could have been a fake image.

These latest photos definitely seem real though, with StationOfPlay claiming that 10,000 to 12,000 bundles will be available in France from Friday for a price of €569.99 (a PlayStation 5 on its own is usually €499.99 in France so there’s no saving).

The only thing that isn’t known at the moment is whether the bundle includes a physical copy of the game or if it’s just a download code.

Why Sony is keeping this a secret to the last minute is also unclear but either it’s a particularly elaborate, and pointless, fake or the PlayStation Blog is going to announce it any minute now…

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