PlayStation 5! It’s the new Flash video game console that every video game lover wants, and that every retailer wants to sell to you but can’t. Since the incredibly chaotic situation in mid-September, where the general public and Retailers were blinded by the sudden opportunity to pre-order the console for launch day incredible It’s difficult to secure a console.
What we do know is that if you want a console on Launch Day, November 12th, you’re basically out of luck (haha, unless …? Read below). There has been some conflicting information about when a new console show might be available for purchase. Some retailers said they may have more to sell in December, others claim they would be out of luck by mid-2021. Far.
Before the big day this week, I called dozens of stores across Australia to try to gauge exactly where the land is with PlayStation 5 pre-orders and what are your best chances of snapping a console.
If you haven’t managed to back up a PS5 but urgently want one as soon as you can, read on.
The minstrelsI’m not going to go around the bush here – if you want a PS5 now, hit The Gamesmen.
The folks at Australia’s longest running independent video game shop told me that they will have more stock this year and will be available sometime in December.
The pre-orders for December are up live on the Gamesmen website on Thursday, November 12th at 10:00 AM AEDT.
However, if you happen to be a local in South Sydney or if you miss the online deal and are ready to take a ride, The Gamesmen has a small inventory distribution reserved for in-store purchases and available on Friday, November 13th, from 10:00 a.m. AEST.
You read that right. Don’t tell anyone I’ve told you and say hello to the Cusumano family for me.
From the independent to the global companies, EB Games is probably one of the first places to think of when you go on the PS5 hunt. Well you are not the only one.
“We’re sold out for the next five shows. If you pre-order now, delivery is expected to take place in April next year, ”a sales representative told me. “We are very, very sold out.”
Another didn’t even want to be so optimistic: “We won’t have to sell anything until next year. But We don’t take orders because we don’t know when they will come, Unfortunately.”
A friendly staff member gave me the full rundown of EB’s pre-order saga. “For the launch day delivery, Sony gave us 15 minutes notice that they would go live. This delivery took about an hour and a half before it was sold out. ”
“After that, this year, maybe the end of November, maybe December, we had Sony visibility for a delivery. This was sold out within 30 minutes. ”
“Then we started depositing $ 50 for everything we got next year. After a day, Sony looked at how many orders we had and said, “Holy shit, please stop taking pre-orders as we don’t know what we’re going to have in terms of volume or schedule and we don’t want to keep coming back People add we want to get this right. ”
“So yes, we stopped taking pre-orders.”
One bit of information I got from some longtime managers was that there was about one on the PS4 6 months between starting the console and walking on the street to grab one. EB’s advice is therefore to keep an eye on pre-order options in-store and online until at least the middle of next year, once the rush to 2020 has subsided.
As one of Australia’s most popular electronics retailers, JB Hi-Fi is in a similar boat to EB Games.
“They’re supposed to be more next year, but we haven’t got a date yet. Sony didn’t give us any information about this at all, ”a member of the game department told me. “We don’t even have confirmation for a second drop for [PS5’s]“Said another.
“But for now, no more stores are taking pre-orders. We will only receive them via the website, if at all. “
A glimmer of hope: Several JB Hi-Fi employees informed me that the retailer would enforce an announcement for the next series of pre-orders through their newsletter mailing list and assured me that there would be a period of notice before they actually opened. “We won’t do it overnight. We give clients at least a week or so“Explained a manager.
I was told by a Brisbane-based store that they had a list of expressions of interest that required a $ 50 deposit. “What it means is that when we are assigned you go straight to the queue, just straight to the queue.”
So if you live near a JB Hi-Fi and are interested in a PS5, check with your local store to see if there is a waiting list. Otherwise, you can check the JB Hi-Fi newsletter list for updates.
Keeping an eye online seems like the approach you’ll want to take if you want to try your luck at another retailer as well.
The PS5 can only be ordered online in the department store. Orders will open sometime on launch day, Thursday November 12th.
I could not get a definitive statement as to whether these units would be delivered immediately after ordering or shortly after launch in a second wave shipment. My guess in a second wave in December because it looks like other department stores are in the same boat as …
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Old buddy Gerry Harvey believes he received a shipment in early December. Pre-orders for these will open on the launch day, Thursday November 12th.
Gerry believes you will have the units shipped by December 15th and you can only order these online.
Target has no idea to be honest. The only solid information I could get was on their website, which says they will have more information on their next one Stock availability after November 12, 2020.
“We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”
Thank you Bezos.
And there you have it, the status of buying a PlayStation 5 in Australia from mid-November 2020. Pretty bad, isn’t it? Good luck to everyone looking for a console during the new pre-orders opening on Launch Day and everyone heading out for The Gamesmen in Penshurst on Friday. Hopefully someone will keep this article updated until 2021 when the situation changes. But maybe not. Good ride!
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