Ok, so Sony just dropped some pretty epic PS5 news. PS5 pre-orders are already live in Australia.
Sorry, we should have given you a bit of warning, hope you didn't fall off your chair too bad. Calm yourself a little, as not every retailer has their offers live, but we'll be updating this page as soon as we find reliable new ones. Our team of deal hunters has covered console launches for years now, so you're in good hands.
We now know all about the official PS5 price too. In Australia, the PS5 will be AU$749.95. The PS5 Digital Edition (no disc-drive here), is set at AU$599.95.
Sony is actually beating Microsoft to the pre-order punch too, despite team green announcing both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S release dates recently and confirming that Xbox Series X pre-orders will be going live on Tuesday September 22, Sony has nipped ahead to get that early cash. It's getting interesting out there, readers.
Frankly, it's about time. We've been waiting on PS5 pre-orders for months, and we have a suspicion it's come so late because Sony had been playing a game of chicken with Microsoft. Because the Xbox Series X price and the budget-friendly Xbox Series S price are out in the wild now, Sony decided to get on with it.
Australian retailers for PS5 pre-orders
Amazon AU (SOLD OUT)
The biggest retailer in the world is currently taking pre-orders for the PS5: it's AU$749 (as you'd expect) with free shipping - no Prime membership required. Pre-orders for the premium priced console are already sold out on Amazon, and it's the same for the AU$599.95 PS5 Digital Edition. Of course, being an online retailer, you can't go and pick it up on launch day, so you'll need to cross your fingers they can get it to you on November 12.View Deal
Sony Online (SOLD OUT)
You could always pre-order a PS5 direct from the source: the Sony online store is offering pre-orders at the usual RRP (like everyone else at this stage) and shipping is free of charge. There's a transaction limit of one unit per customer, but sadly, they're currently sold out.
JB Hi-Fi (SOLD OUT)
Australia's big bricks and mortar outlet had PS5 pre-orders live, and they were asking for a much smaller deposit than some of the competition. The problem is: they've sold out. Once they open again, you'll need to pay AU$50 upfront.
EB Games (shipping in 2021)
EB Games had its powder well and truly ready, and managed to beat all other Aussie retailers to the punch with their PS5 pre-orders, and have since sold out on launch shipments: if you go with them now, you won't receive a console until 2021. There's also an exorbitant AU$200 deposit, although there's also the opportunity to get either PS5 console for cheaper if you want to trade in your PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim.
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PS5 pre-orders - bundle deals
Let's face it, any console pre-order or purchase is going to be made far more attractive if you can find a bundle with a great launch game, or one you're really excited about. PS5 pre-orders have only just opened, and currently there are no pre-order bundle deals in Australia. We know that there are plenty of upcoming PS5 games hitting shelves later in the year, and we'll keep this page updated if any sweet bundles are announced.
Unfortunately, we're not exactly certain which games would be included. We've got some hopes, though. We'd be looking out for consoles that comes with Assassin's Creed Valhalla or Cyberpunk 2077. Because they're this summer's biggest releases, it's a safe bet that they'll be paired with the console. Similarly, the PS5-exclusive Spider-Man: Miles Morales is another shoe-in. Just don't expect a big saving. That's rare for launch bundles, and it's much more likely that a game's cost will simply be added on top of the standard PlayStation 5 price.
What about bundles with digital games, though, particularly with the PS5 Digital Edition? That seems equally nailed on to some degree as it'll be straightforward to throw in codes for games (plus, it'll be absolutely necessary given the console's lack of a disc drive). If there are any discounts to be had, we bet this is where you'll find them.
Before we wrap things up, let's not forget about PS5 bundles that add in hardware as opposed to software. We know that there will be a bunch of PS5 accessories releasing at the same time, and there will certainly be demand for bundles that throw in the 3D Pulse audio headset or another DualSense PS5 controller.
Keep checking back here for more updates. When PS5 pre-orders do go live, we'll be on-hand to help out and point you in the right direction.