There Won’t Be Any More PS5 Stock In Australia, New Zealand Until 2021

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There Won’t Be Any More PS5 Stock In Australia, New Zealand Until 2021
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If you missed out on a PS5 when the first couple of waves arrived, bad news: there won’t be any more PS5 Australia stock until 2021.

A little while ago the official PlayStation announced what sounded like news from heaven. Having seen the massive amount of demand — and all the gamers who missed out — Sony announced that “we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory” would be sent out “before the end of the year”.

At the time, PlayStation hadn’t confirmed whether more inventory would be arriving in Australia. I emailed Sony Australia team at the time, but received no response, but this afternoon the official PlayStation agency responded to my inquiry with an official confirmation.

And, unfortunately, the news was not good. Sony confirmed that Australians and New Zealanders who missed out would just have to wait:

SIE Australia and New Zealand are pleased to have fulfilled all PS5 stock available to Australians and New Zealanders in 2020. We look forward to making more stock available in 2021.

Well, shit.

That’s unfortunate news to anyone who’s been refreshing PS5 listings like crazy, or watching the never-ending scalpers on eBay command higher and higher prices. The only way to combat scalping is with supply. But since no more of that is likely to emerge until mid-January at best — assuming everyone gets a well deserved Christmas break — then we’re going to have to put up the madness for a little while longer.

On the bright side, if you’re stuck for next gen consoles, at least there’s stock available of the Xbox Series S. It also makes for a cracking retro console, which isn’t much of a consolation prize, but it’s still a banging Christmas gift. (The Dualsense controllers also work with Steam now, and it’s a cracking PC controller. They’re still in stock, too.) And while you wait, make sure you don’t fall for any of the PS5 scams floating around.

Comments

  • And ppl called me crazy for saying I wanted to avoid the rush that could very well continue in to the new year….

    I would still love to know how many units moved through Australia this year.
    I would think a million but it could be any bloody number at this stage.

    • I think a million is totally unrealistic – apparently Japan only sold about 120,000 during the first wave, and while there may have been more, I can’t believe Australia got any where near that amount of stock. Also, Sony was predicting something like 7million worldwide in the first 6 months of sales (or thereabouts) – if I remember correctly. So given that the majority will be sold in the US, and everyone else is getting left-overs, I suspect closer to 50,000 units in the two waves. Course – could be completely off. I just know that whatever stock was there, was effectively gone in seconds… and I’m not sure how many of those on ebay are real. I laughed when I saw a bid for $10,100 (strangely it was $1275 then a person bid $5000, then the same person out-bid themselves up to $10,000… and it’s still going…). Looking at 30d their bidding history they were all for gaming consoles. I have a sneaky suspicion they are trying to inflate their own bids. Or – if we’re lucky, it’s some industrious hacker intentionally trying to spoil their sales.

      Actually -there’s a lot of very weird bidding behaviour – another PS5’s bidding went from $2000 straight upto $4000. I’m not sure about ebay – is this normal?

      • EBay is a whole other thing with automated bids, nibbling and a whole bunch of stuff.

        Re. stock – I think around 450k to 550k at the upper limit is a pretty reasonable bet, based on what I’ve heard (but not been able to confirm).

        • 450k? In Australia? That seems like an awful lot given the number of serious gaming enthusiasts that haven’t been able to pick one up.

    • EB told me they got around 70k preorders and they had the most out of any retailer, she didn’t know if that was Australia and New Zealand or just Australia, so even half a mill seems allot.

  • What’s frustrating at the moment is that the pulse wireless headset is also sold out. Some retailers straight up didn’t even get stock in. I’ve heard one announcement that there’s allocations for December yet no word on where to get some for pre-order. Yet again scalpers are selling them online for double the price…

  • It sucks doesn’t it? Waiting until next year for the PS5 to be back in stock especially for Sony who are absolute dickheads.
    But paying 3 times the price for a PS5 on Ebay is absolutely fucked up.
    As for me though I’ll be waiting until Activision Toys For Bob and Canadian developer Beenox which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary ports Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time on the Nintendo Switch which is likely to be ported on the Nintendo as we head into 2021.
    As for you Alex Walker what is it you wanted to tell me about?

      • Yep novasensei you can say that again as I said I’ll be waiting until Activision Toys For Bob and Beenox the Canadian developer which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary ports Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time on to the Nintendo Switch which is definitely likely that Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time will be coming to the Nintendo Switch next year as we head into 2021.
        Make that a COVIDSafe 2021 as we are expecting some more epic game releases next year including New Pokemon Snap based on the original N64 game that was released 20 years ago and originally developed by HAL LABORATORY INC the same developer for the Kirby franchise.
        Now New Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo Switch coming out next year will be developed by BANDAI NAMCO.
        Not to mention we’re also getting Crash Bandicoot on the run a mobile game from the developer who brought us Candy Crush and that mobile game developer is King.

  • I did try to get a PS5, but I’m not actually interested in any of the currently available games, it was probably going to be a PS4+ in my house for a while. I’ll pick one up next year I guess.

    • Hang in there thom I’m sure you will get your hands on a PS5 when it does arrive next year and while you are waiting for a PS5 to arrive make sure you play Astro’s Playroom on the PS5 it’s a free to play pre-loaded on PS5 just for you.
      As for me though I’ll be waiting until Activision Toys For Bob and Beenox ports Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time on to the Nintendo Switch as it is likely that Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time will be coming to Nintendo Switch next year as we head into a COVIDSafe 2021.

  • JB Hi-Fi are expecting more stock to arrive on 14th December.
    I just received a text with a link to purchase (which I immediately did) as I was put on their priority list after their system would let me checkout during their last release.
    Would be interesting if any other suppliers are also receiving stock on the 14th.

  • @alexwalker Two days later, Amazon Australia sells more consoles.

    What a shitshow. Sony should have prioritised loyal customers by allowing direct purchase based on PS+ membership history or something.

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