Saturday Morning Gaming: Still Looking for a PS5
There are a couple of websites that are purportedly pretty good at the whole “when is (location) going to get a restock?” thing but they’re hit and miss and, anyway, those places still sell out in seconds rather than in hours. (If you want to look at the sites yourself, check out Tom’s Guide and Cnet.)
The brag is that the PS5 is the best-selling console in history and, yeah, I guess I’d be willing to believe that but part of me thinks “but nobody is selling them!”
I understood the Christmas rush and I understood the immediate post-Christmas rush. It’s now April and, STILL, you can’t get a PS5 anywhere. Which, seriously, is nuts. I suppose I understand the inability of anybody to get the high-end video cards due to all of the coin miners out there. If a video card costs less than the money it can earn someone positioned properly, why wouldn’t the earner be able to outbid the hobbyist?
But the PS5 (and, I suppose, the XBox Series X) aren’t mining tools. I guess that they’re merely game consoles being sold in the middle of a pandemic where everybody is, more or less, asked to stay at home. So, I understand the off-the charts demand, I just don’t understand the absolute inability to keep up with it. That said… well, I remember that it was a year between the release of the PS2 and when Gamestop *FINALLY* had one for sale. The PS5 was released in November 2020.
So it’s only been six months.
Stores are trying to thwart scalpers by selling bundles of the PS5 with an extra controller or a game or two and I’ve heard more stories about non-scalpers getting their hands on a bundle than I’ve heard about non-scalpers getting their hands on a base system. On top of that, the stories I hear about people buying from scalpers involve paying an extra $200 instead of paying an extra $500 so, maybe, we’re dancing a little bit closer to just going into Target and getting one.
Until we find out that you can use one to mine coins.
So… what are you playing?
(Featured image is “The Scalpers Are Cheating The (Vancouver Folk Music) Festival” by sillygwailo is licensed under CC BY 2.0)