Desperate players saw a glimmer of hope on Friday, but it was quickly shattered by a digital onslaught.
Microsoft’s new Xbox and Sony’s PS5 video game consoles have both been essentially sold out since they debuted in November last year. Expectations of console upgrades combined with the coronavirus pandemic spurring a boom in gaming created the shortage and a social media network that kept players up to date on who could sell the boxes.
Word quickly circulated Friday about Best Buy which was in stock next-generation consoles, but they were both gone as soon as they arrived.
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A Microsoft spokesman said the company was seeing “overwhelming global demand” for the new console.
“[We] “We work tirelessly with our manufacturing and retail partners to replenish Xbox hardware as quickly as possible – in some cases, more consoles will be available on a weekly basis, depending on the retailer and market,” the FOX Business spokesman said.
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
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Other retailers have had similar problems as Best Buy. Walmart explained in December just days before Christmas that it was fighting “Grinch bots”, or computer programs designed to intercept these consoles as soon as they were released online, and then sell them at a profit.
“Bot scripts are constantly evolving and being rewritten, so we’ve built, distributed, and continuously updated our own bot detection tools so that we can block the vast majority of bots we see,” said Jerry Geisler, CEO of Walmart. , wrote in December.
Twitter accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers have been created to alert consumers when the PS5 and new Xbox are in stock.
Apart from Grinch robots and the high demand driven by people stuck at home, a global shortage of chips and other production equipment is also partly to blame.
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President Biden signed an executive order this week to review the chip supply chain and address the shortage.
“These chips are a marvel of innovation and design that drives so much of our country, enabling so much of our modern life to continue – not just our cars, but smartphones, televisions, radios, medical diagnostic equipment and so much more. “Biden said when he signed the order. “We need to make sure these supply chains are secure and reliable.”