Where to pre-order the PlayStation 5 in Australia
The fifth PlayStation console will be launching very soon. We've rounded up all the places we expect you’ll be able to pre-order the PS5 in Australia.
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After seven highly successful years, the sun is finally about to set on the PlayStation 4. In November 2020, Sony will launch its next-generation video game console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5). 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 thousands of PlayStation 4 games, which means your old games will work on the new system.
Pre-orders are expected to drop any month now, with some online stores launching dedicated PS5 product pages. While the console isn't currently available to pre-order, you can register your interest right now. Here are the sites you need to bookmark.
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How much does the PlayStation 5 cost?
Sony has not yet revealed how much the PlayStation 5 will cost. The console is expected to be more expensive than the PlayStation 4 at launch due to higher manufacturing costs. However, the impending arrival of Microsoft's rival Xbox Series X should hopefully result in competitive pricing. We think the PlayStation 5 will cost between $700 and $800 in Australia.
PS5 games are also 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 is launching two different versions of the PlayStation 5: the standard model and an all-digital option that lacks an optical disc drive. The latter version will retail for less money 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. Hopefully, some form of proof-of-purchase will be utilised so you can download and play your old games.)
With the exception of the disc slot, both versions are identical beneath the hood. If you rarely use physical media, 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.
As an online marketplace selling an almost endless selection of products, Amazon is a go-to for PS5 games and gaming accessories. It also provides access to international sellers, particularly from the US.
- Free delivery on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- Express delivery available
- 24/7 customer service
- Easy returns
eBay is a great place to shop for the PS5 as you can easily compare products and prices from various sellers in the one place. If the console sells out, you can also buy from resellers as a last resort.
- Free delivery on eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
- New products added daily
- Shop by guaranteed delivery date
365Games is inviting customers to register their interest in the PlayStation 5. Although UK based, the store ships to Australia for a flat shipping fee of £2.99 per item (around AUD$5.)
- Flat rate shipping fee of £2.99 per item
- 30-day returns
- Secure payment options
- Loyalty program available
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- Huge range of Nintendo Switch games and accessories also available
- Click and collect available
- Shop with Afterpay
- Refurbished consoles available for reduced prices
- Frequent sales, especially around peak periods like Christmas
- Click and collect available
- Express delivery and three-hour rush delivery available
- Returns accepted
- Price match guarantee
- One-hour click and collect available
- Live chat available seven days a week
- Reserve products online to pick up in store
- Frequent sales and low prices
- Shop with Afterpay
- Huge range of games and accessories available
- Lay-by available
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- Sony: Free shipping on eligible items
- Amazon: Free delivery on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- eBay: Free delivery on eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
- Kogan: Free delivery on eligible items with a Kogan First membership
- Catch: Free delivery with a Club Catch membership
- OzGameShop: Free shipping on orders over $50
- Target: Free delivery on orders over $80
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