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Where to buy the PlayStation 5 in New Zealand
Still trying to get your hands on a PS5 console? Find out what the situation is with availability and pre-orders.
Sony launched its next-generation video game console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5) in November 2020. Featuring vastly improved graphics with almost no load times, a brand new controller and a bevy of fresh first-party IP, it’s poised to profoundly change the gaming landscape. Crucially, it’s also backwards compatible with most PlayStation 4 software, which means the majority of your old games will work on the new system.
With the PS5 being in hot demand around the world and thousands of Kiwis struggling to get their hands on one, we bring you the lowdown on availability in New Zealand.
Where to buy PlayStation 5 products online
*See more stores that sell Playstation 5 products later in this article.
Is the PlayStation 5 available in New Zealand?
The first PS5 shipments to New Zealand were snapped up quickly by customers who had placed pre-orders. We anticipated that there would be more consoles arriving after Jim Ryan, the Playstation President, told Financial Times in February that there may be low supply of the console until the second half of 2021.
However, in May, we learned that there will still be a short supply until the end of 2022. A number of factors are responsible for the delays, including issues with supply chains due to the ongoing pandemic.
As of December 2021, we are aware that retailers like Noel Leeming, The Warehouse, Mighty Ape and JB Hi-Fi have had a small supply available, but these have been snapped up in a matter of minutes.
So how do you get your hands on one?
We can’t find any firm information on when the next big Playstation 5 shipment will be available in New Zealand. As there have been small amounts of consoles sold at NZ retailers, it’s promising that more might be on the way.
You may have some luck on online marketplaces like eBay, Facebook Marketplace or TradeMe. However, we’ve seen hugely inflated prices on these sites since the PS5 release date. Unless you are really desperate to get one asap, save your hard-earned dollars and wait until you can get your hands on one at the normal retail price. You can also try your luck on Amazon and other overseas retailers.
With huge demand for Sony’s newest gaming console, we suggest that you try to make a pre-order as soon as this service becomes available again with New Zealand retailers. You can also sign up to email newsletters to be the among the first to know when a store has stock.
Can I pre-order the PlayStation 5?
It’s not possible to secure a PS5 by placing a pre-order at the moment. Online shopping retailers have removed the console from their catalogue, are advising that pre-orders are on hold, or are giving the opportunity to register your interest for when the next batch is available. However, it is possible to buy accessories such as Ps5 controllers, games and remotes.
With some stores selling the PS5 console in recent weeks, we’d recommend getting on the email list and registering your interest so you can be notified when stock is available.
How much does the PlayStation 5 cost?
Sony is releasing two consoles at launch: the standard edition and an all-digital version that lacks an optical disc drive (otherwise, the specifications are identical.)
- The PlayStation 5 Standard Edition costs $819.95
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $649.95
PS5 games are tipped to be more expensive; expect to pay around $10 more than full-priced current-gen titles. You can find a full list of every confirmed PS5 game here.
Which version should you buy?
Sony has launched two different versions of the PlayStation 5: the standard model and an all-digital option that lacks an optical disc drive. The latter version retails for less but you won’t be able to play physical games or Blu-ray/DVD movies. Instead, all media needs to be streamed or downloaded through an Internet connection. (Sony hasn’t revealed how this will affect backwards compatibility with PS4 games. Hopefully, some form of proof-of-purchase will be utilised so that you can download and play your old games.)
With the exception of the disc slot, the two versions are identical beneath the hood. If you rarely use physical media, then the all-digital version might be worth considering to save some money. However, if you like watching Blu-ray movies and don’t want to clutter your home entertainment unit with extra hardware, go for the standard edition.
Check out this Playstation 5 review for a more in-depth look at how it stacks up compared to Playstation 4 and Xbox Series X.
At Harvey Norman you can purchase a Playstation 5 remote, camera, charging station, games and controllers.
- Delivery starts at $5.95
- Genoapay available
- Earn Airpoints Dollars when you shop
Dick Smith stocks all top gaming brands including PlayStation, plus a wide selection of games and accessories. Some games are available now, while other items are coming soon.
- Free shipping on some items
- 14-day money-back guarantee
- Join the Dick Smith community to receive exclusive offers and deals
MightyApe specialises in games, music and movies, and while it only has a few Playstation 5 products at the moment, we expect to see a lot more added in the coming months.
- Free delivery for Primate members
- Fast shipping for in-stock items
- Check out customer ratings
- Free 1-hour click and collect
- Price Promise
- Earn Flybuys while you shop
- Pay with Zip
- Shop for Playstation 5 games and products
- Click and collect available
- Shop with Afterpay
- Trade games that you don’t play
- Frequent sales, especially around peak periods like Black Friday and Christmas
- Click and collect available
- Delivery in 1-4 days
- Returns accepted
- Pay with Laybuy or humm
- Huge range of tech gear
- Sign up for the latest deals
- Same day and overnight delivery options
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