Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) was released on November 12, 2020. It is December 2023 and coming across the next-gen console is still a matter of luck and being in the right place at the right time. Various social media accounts and online tracks exist to help people around the world keep track of PS5 restock at stores like JB Hi-Fi, Big W and online at Amazon Australia. And yet, it’s still incredibly rare to actually get your hands on one.
It’s frustrating for those who don’t yet own the console, which has so far pumped out award-winning Sony exclusives like the recent God of War Ragnarok and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. But according to PlayStation head Jim Ryan, buying a PS5 is about to become a lot easier with PlayStation 5 restock coming as soon as the weeks leading up to Christmas. Which would be about now.
“We would like to report that we have resolved the long-term supply issue of the PlayStation 5 and we will be able to deliver Japan and Asia customers from [the] year-end shopping season and into 2023,” said Ryan at the PlayStation Partner Awards in Japan, as translated by @Genki_JPN on Twitter.
Whether or not Sony solving the PS5 supply shortage extends to Australia is yet to be confirmed, but logically if Japan and Asia are about to have a much easier time restocking PlayStation 5 consoles, then that should spill over to Australia sooner or later. It may not mean that we’ll be getting more PS5 consoles this week or even next, but I’d be surprised if we don’t see a nice little influx by the end of the holiday season. Or at least by the end of January.
Jim Ryan apologized for the PS5 supply issues in Japan and Asia at the PlayStation Partner Awards!
He said supply issues have been resolved for the holiday season and into 2023! ? #PlayStation #PS5 pic.twitter.com/w45V6XYI86— Genki✨ (@Genki_JPN) December 7, 2022
As of right now, you’ll still need to search far and wide if you want to buy a PS5 for Christmas. There may be a few shady characters selling the consoles through third party websites at a significant mark-up still, but practice a bit more patience and you can easily just ignore those ones.
For reference, the PS5 standard edition costs $799.95 in Australia, while the PS5 digital edition costs $649.95.
Where To Buy A PS5 In Australia
If you just can’t wait for the PS5 restock to start flowing into Australia, then there are a few places you can check.
Amazon Australia actually has plenty of PS5 stock right now with the God of War Ragnarok bundle for $888.
Big W had stock but they are currently (as of December 15) all sold out of both the PS5 Standard Edition and the PS5 digital edition.
The Gamesmen currently have stock of the PS5 digital edition and the PlayStation 5 God of War Ragnarok bundle, although it’s cheaper on Amazon as here it’s $905.
JB Hi Fi currently has stock of the PS5 God of War Ragnarok bundle but that’s also $905. You’ll save a bit by getting it from Amazon Australia.
Sony has confirmed to Boss Hunting that several Australian stores just received a decent amount of PS5 stock ahead of Christmas. This includes EB Games Australia and JB Hi Fi.