You wouldn’t know it, but next month is the one-year anniversary of the PlayStation 5. While you would have expected gamers across the world to have spent the past year enjoying the latest in gaming technology, the reality is much different. For many, getting their hands on a PS5 has been near impossible. Shelves have remained barren, restocks have remained unfulfilled. And for most retailers, pre-sales and online listings have essentially vanished from their sites. So, what’s going on? And where can you buy the PlayStation 5?
Canstar Blue looks at where to buy the PS5.
Is the PlayStation 5 (PS5) available in New Zealand?
The first drop of PlayStation 5s landed in New Zealand way back in November 2020. As usual, this was quickly snapped up by keen gamers, selling out in a matter of minutes. But what is a little less usual, is that after the initial release, supply quickly dried up. Since the initial release, further releases and restocks have been few and far between. What few consoles have made it to our shores, have sold out instantly. Leaving many would-be buyers waiting to get their hands on the latest release.
Why is it so hard to get a PlayStation 5?
Getting a PS5 is no easy feat. Not only here, but across the globe. In fact, the entire world is currently facing a PlayStation 5 shortage! So, it’s not only us struggling.
Why is it so hard to get a PlayStation 5? Because there simply isn’t enough of them being manufactured.
What is causing the shortage?
Well, when I said the world was facing a PlayStation 5 shortage, in truth, the world is facing a shortage of semiconductor chips. A key component in making the PlayStation 5. So without these, Sony can’t manufacture PS5s, leading to a shortage.
These semiconductor chips aren’t only impacting Sony. They are a key component in many cars, phones, and other electronics. For example, Apple may have to cut the production of the iPhone 13 by around 10 million!
And the chip shortage isn’t the only issue. Covid-19 has caused delays in nearly all areas of the manufacturing process. Workforces are reduced; power shortages in China are shuttering factories; Covid outbreaks are forcing staff to halt work and isolate; and ports are facing bottlenecks and backlogs. To make things worse, we’re shopping online more than ever, driving up the demand of an already overworked sector.
When will the shortage end?
No one can really say for sure. Although global supply issues are easing, bottlenecks and the lingering effects of the pandemic remain. Initially, Sony expected to be able to meet demand by mid-2021. That’s now passed and shelves are still empty. Overall, the shortage is expected to carry on into next year before returning to normal. But, nobody can really say for sure.
How much does the PlayStation 5 cost?
There are two options when it comes to a Playstation 5. The PS5, and the PS5 Digital Edition. While the specs on the two remain the same, the Digital Edition doesn’t come with a disk drive. So, if you like to buy physical copies of games, this option won’t be right for you.
The current cost* of a PS5 in New Zealand is:
- PS5 – $819.95
- PS5 Digital Edition – $649.95
*RRP at the time of writing. Prices should be used as a guide only.
Where to buy the PlayStation 5 in New Zealand
At the time of writing, all major gaming and electronics retailers here in New Zealand are not currently selling the PS5. While some retailers still display the console on its site (but out of stock) many have altogether removed the PS5. You can, however, still buy games and accessories at all major retailers.
If you want to get your hands on a console now, your only options are to look abroad or to go second hand. Overseas retailers may have some stock or releases on the horizon. But, keep in mind that this is a global shortage, and demand is high overseas, too. You may also find restrictions preventing you from purchasing online (many retailers are doing in-store purchases only) and shipping internationally. And, if you do manage to do so, you will likely pay a premium in shipping costs.
Otherwise, there are currently PlayStation 5 consoles being sold second hand here in New Zealand, on popular sites such as Facebook Marketplace and TradeMe. If you can’t wait until retailers restock, this could be your best option. Do note that people reselling these consoles are up marking them and you will have to pay well over the regular retail price. You will also be buying it without the assurance it’s in good working order, and without the warranty that comes when purchasing new. So it’s buyer beware.
Where to buy the PlayStation 5 in New Zealand: retailer updates
For those who are willing to wait, below is a list of current retailers in New Zealand that (should) stock the PS5. We recommend signing up for their newsletters to be in the know about upcoming restocks. Keep in mind, however, that unless specified these are general newsletters that will contain information, sales, and promotions on a wide range of products, not only PlayStation 5 restocks.
- Sony – While you can view plenty of high-budget advertising for the PS5, there is no listing on Sony’s NZ website. Nor is there any information around restocks or updates
- EB Games – No listing or mentions of PS5 consoles
- NZ Game shop – No listing or mention of PS5 consoles
- JB Hi-Fi – No PS5 consoles are in stock, and you can no longer purchase or pre-order online. You can however visit your local store to be added to a waiting list
- Noel Leeming – No mention or listings for PS5 consoles
- Harvey Norman – The PS5 section of Harvey Norman’s website simply states there are no products in this section
- PB Tech – No mention or listings for PS5 consoles
- The Warehouse – The Warehouse lists the PS5 Digital Edition for sale on its website, though currently out of stock. It was available online only, with a limit of one per customer, but no information around restocks is available
- Dick Smith – No mention or listings for PS5 consoles
- Mighty Ape – No listings for PS5 consoles. However, Mighty Ape says they expect restocks soon (though no date given) and recommends signing up to its Playstation Newsletter alongside adding the console to your wish list to receive notifications around restocks
- Fishpond – No mention or listings for PS5 consoles
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About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Content Producer, Andrew Broadley. Andrew is an experienced writer with a wide range of industry experience. Starting out, he cut his teeth working as a writer for print and online magazines, and he has worked in both journalism and editorial roles. His content has covered lifestyle and culture, marketing and, more recently, finance for Canstar.