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Where to buy a PS5 in Australia: keep checking these stores for PlayStation 5 stock

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September 28, 2021: Target appears to have had a small amount of stock this morning, so keep an eye out this week for potential drops from other retailers.

September 23, 2021: It ain't a stock drop, but eBay is running a competition to give away 48 PS5 prize packs today. It's worth a shot. Details here.

September 22, 2021: Big W stock has landed!

September 22, 2021: Target has stock. Go! Sold out.

We're well into September and buying a PS5 in Australia is still super hard. It's probably not going to get better this month, but the best you can do is keep trying: While stock allocations are rare they do happen, so you'll need to stay vigilant, as stock is likely to remain low for the rest of 2021. When stock does appear, it tends not to last long, though we have our fingers crossed there will be a bit of a megadrop in the lead up to Christmas.

So yeah, PS5 stock replenishment is a fairly scattershot affair in Australia. Some retailers have been known to provide a few days advance notice, such as what Big W did in February (we'll always make a note at the top of this page whenever this happens), but more often than not they just appear. If there's a local bricks-and-mortar store near you, it might be worth joining their waiting list, if they have one.

But the sad reality is that you'll probably need to check the PS5 pages on each retailer's site manually if you want a console right now: all relevant retailers are listed below. We'll also update the top of this page occasionally when we get advance warning of a drop.

In late November, just after PS5's launch, PlayStation's Jim Ryan spoke bluntly about the console's availability. "Everything is sold," he told Russian news organization TASS. That said, there were brief sightings of PS5 stock through late 2020, and we expect to continue seeing the console flash up here and there. As ever, if you want to buy a PS5 and see one available, absolutely do not delay if you can afford not to. Any stock you see will likely disappear within seconds.

We'd always advise going with stores sticking to the regular prices too rather than giving in to the scalpers on online auction sites. Yes, the PS5 is lovely, but it's not worth paying more than the RRP for.

We'll keep this guide updated with the latest information direct from retailers when news of fresh stock makes its way to us - sometimes we hear in advance so we can get you prepped. When it's quiet though, we'd advise checking the list of retailer links below yourself which should take you to the PS5 stock page at that store and you can see what the situation is right there and then. We have seen random unannounced PS5 stock drops at random times of day and night, so you never know.

Further down the page, we'll go into details on what individual retailers have been up to lately so you can get an idea of where to prioritize your search, and if we spot any listings on those rare best PS5 accessories or discounted PS5 games, we'll highlight them on this page too.

We're checking these links very regularly to keep you updated on the PS5 purchase situation from the most reliable retailers. Our team of deal hunters has covered console launches for years now, so you're in good hands.

Want to know how much you should have squirreled away for when stock is finally available? The PS5 price is AU$749 for the standard console, while the PS5 Digital Edition (no disc-drive here) is set at AU$599. Both PlayStation 5 systems will be released on November 12 in Australia.

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Australian PS5 stockists

Amazon AU [last stock: September 17, 2021]
As far as online outlets are concerned, Amazon gets stock relatively frequently. Keep an eye on this page (we add alerts at the top) or else bookmark Amazon's Australian store (link above) and check it regularly. 

Big W [last in stock: August 3, 2021]
This big Aussie retailer receives stock quite often, but it generally only lasts for a minute or so. That means you'll have to be quick off the mark. Sometimes Big W orders are delivery only affairs.

The Gamesmen [SOLD OUT]
Aussie independent games retailer The Gamesmen gets PS5 stock, so it's another outlet you should keep an eye on: If we get news on stock drops we'll add them to the top of this page.

Sony Online [SOLD OUT]
Buying a PS5 direct from the source seems like a no-brainer: it also offers free shipping. The problem is that their allocation is exhausted, you can't pre-order for the new patch, but you can sign up for notifications.

JB Hi-Fi get stock regularly, and while keeping a watch on the website linked above is a surefire way to stay in the game, it's also worth lodging interest with your local outlet to see if you can get on a waiting list.

EB Games don't get online stock very often, as it seems they preference waiting lists attached to individual stores. It's still worth keeping on eye on their website, but you should also lodge your interest with a nearby outlet.

PS5 accessory deals in Australia

Look: it may be a while before you get your hands on a PS5, but that doesn't mean you can't prepare in advance. The best PS5 accessories, including the DualSense controller and HD camera, are really easy to get, though the Pulse 3D headset has been sold out for a while now: watch this space for updates. There are plenty of other quality audio options though over on our PS5 headsets guide. We've got the best visual experiences covered too with our best TV for PS5 and best PS5 monitor guides.

PS5 controller, AKA DualSense

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PS5 game deals in Australia

Deathloop | AU$99.95 AU$79
This PS5 console exclusive (it's also on PC) is shaping up to be at the top of many a game of the year list. From the studio behind Dishonored 2 and Prey, this tightens the immersive sim format into something entirely new, with great gunplay and a brilliant cast. Via Amazon.

Death Stranding Director's Cut | AU$79.95 AU$69
Hideo Kojima's bonkers art game about being a post-apocalypse delivery guy gets a re-release for PS5, with greatly improved graphics, performance, and new content to boot: including a bizarre racing game. Via Amazon.View Deal

Returnal | AU$94 (usually AU$124.95)
Housemarque's third-person roguelike is one of those next-gen price hike games, but you don't have to pay AU$125 at launch: Amazon currently has it for AU$108, which is about the best we can find in the weeks leading to release. Via Amazon.View Deal

Resident Evil Village | AU$68 (usually AU$109.95)
Ahead of its May launch date, Amazon is hocking Resident Evil Village for considerably less than the RRP of AU$109.95. Hard to say whether that price will shift between now and launch, but from where we're standing it's a damn good price. Via Amazon.View Deal

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart | AU$98 (usually AU$124.95)
The fully next-genification of R&C is almost upon us, and like a lot of first-party PS5 games it's a stonking AU$125 RRP. Amazon is currently selling it for considerably less than that, and if history is an indication, that price won't budge again until long after launch. Via Amazon.View Deal

New release

Nioh Collection | AU$86 (usually AU$124.95)
This is two brilliant and massive PS4 RPGs with crisper visuals and silkier framerates. The Nioh Collection will keep you busy for upwards of 200 hours, more if you're into the big endgames and online components. Via Amazon.View Deal

Buy Assassin's Creed: Valhalla | AU$38 at Amazon (usually AU$99.95)
Ubisoft hasn't bothered much with the "let's make games heaps more expensive this gen" approach, but AU$44 is an astounding deal for a game this massive. A little over six months after release, it's a good price.View Deal

Buy Demon's Souls | AU$84 at Amazon (usually AU$124.95)
This tends to waver between AU$98 and AU$108 on Amazon, so this ain't a bad price at all, albeit still at a price that'd make last-gen launch titles shy. View Deal