Sony has announced New Zealand pricing for the PlayStation 5 (PS5), with some retailers offering pre-orders starting today. The best PS5 model has a Blu-ray drive and costs NZ $ 819.95 in New Zealand, while the digital edition costs NZ $ 649.95. Both PS5 models will launch locally on November 12.
While previous reports suggested PS5 pre-orders would start tomorrow in some regions, Australian retailer EB Games has now advertised as the time to throw your deposits down, using JB Hi-Fi as an example. We are monitoring the pre-order situation in NZ and will update our PS5 pre-order page when the information is at hand.
PS5 vs Xbox Series X pricing
The high-end PS5 price is slightly steeper than New Zealand’s Xbox Series X, which costs NZ $ 799. The Xbox Series S will cost NZ $ 549. Pre-orders for Xbox Series X will open next Tuesday, September 22 in New Zealand.
Sony’s new PlayStation offering is arguably less ambiguous than Microsoft’s Xbox Series consoles: NZ $ 649.95 is only NZ $ 100 more than the Xbox Series S, but is just as powerful as the more expensive PS5 – the only downside is that you can’t play physical disc-based games on it. However, that option will become increasingly attractive to gamers with growing digital libraries.