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Australia will be one of the first countries to get the PlayStation 5, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced.

12 November 2020 will see the launch of the PS5 in Australia, along with New Zealand, the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and South Korea.

The RRP will be $599.95 for the PS5 Digital Edition, or $749.95 for the version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.

Sony stresses that both models use the same custom processor and SSD, and have the same support for the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio, "so players will enjoy the same transformative gameplay experiences regardless of which PS5 they choose."

Prices for the previously announced accessories have been revealed:

DualSense wireless controller $109.95
Pulse 3D wireless headset with 3D audio support and dual noise-cancelling microphones $159.95
HD camera with dual 1080p lenses $99.95
Media remote $49.95
DualSense charging station $49.95

Games available from SIE Worldwide Studios on launch day are:

Astro's Playroom (pre-installed)
Demon's Souls $124.95
Destruction AllStars $124.95
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales $94.95
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition $124.95
Sackboy A Big Adventure $109.95

Other games coming for the PS5 include:

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Final Fantasy XVI
Five Nights at Freddy's Security Breach
Hogwarts Legacy
A new God of War title

To provide variety, PS Plus members with PS5s will be able to download and play the PlayStation Plus Collection which comprises Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more.

Retailers are already taking pre-orders for the PS5. First out of the blocks (at least as far as our inbox is concerned) was JB Hi-Fi, which is knocking the cents off the consoles' RRPs, as well as warning that "a pre-order does not guarantee availability on the day of release".

Update: Amazon Australia is also taking pre-orders, giving Prime members a sweetener of $30 promotional credit against a future eligible order, and if customers purchase a PlayStation 5 console from Amazon Australia between 12.01am on 17 September (AEST) and 11.59pm on 24 September using their Zip account, they will also also get a $50 credit back to that account.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said "Since we first announced our next generation console last year, we have received astounding support from developers and gaming fans all around the world, and it's truly humbling.

"Now we are just a couple of months away from launching PS5, which will offer a new generation of experiences that go beyond players' expectations of how games can look, feel, sound, and play. We can't wait for our fans to experience for themselves the incredible speed, the heightened immersion and the breathtaking games on PS5 when we launch this November."

For PS4 owners who aren't quite ready for Sony's new console, the company is launching PS4 versions of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West that include free (digital to digital, or disc to disc) upgrades to the PS5 versions.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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