A 50-year-old man is arrested for reselling a ton of PS5 and Nintendo Switch consoles that were supposed to be delivered.
Without a doubt, consoles like the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Switch OLED are incredibly hard to get even during Black Friday. Retailers have put up stock, but they are still going incredibly quick. The next best bet is Walmart’s PS5 and Xbox Series X restock for Cyber Monday, although it is geared to Walmart+ shoppers. This scarcity has led to scalping, incredibly high re-sell prices, and more, with one man in Tokyo, Japan being arrested for allegedly reselling nearly 200 consoles and games.
The suspect, a 50-year-old man, has confessed to the charges. It has been noted that the total value of consoles he was in possession of came out to about 5.8 million yen, or $51, 000. In reselling these hard-to-get gaming holiday gifts, it is believed that he made over 3 million yen, or $26,000.
Reportedly, the suspect was in the possession of several PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as some unspecified games. He was entrusted with them by an acquaintance who worked at a delivery company, with it seeming he was expected to deliver them on their behalf. Instead, he sold over half of those consoles that day in Tokyo’s Akihabara area. However, the reports are not entirely clear on what the relationship between the suspect and the forementioned delivery company employee is.
The suspect has reportedly made a statement, saying, “I made off because I was having money problems. I bet nearly all the money on horse racing.” The suspect, who is said to have been unemployed, was also reportedly staying at an internet cafe (which provided private booths to sleep in Japan). Not much has been said on recovering the money and/or consoles, but it’s not likely going to be easy.
Just like most of the world, getting a PS5 is incredibly difficult, and it may be hard/near impossible to track down every individual who bought it, or a Switch, from the shops around Tokyo. Slowly, it does seem PS5 restocks are happening more and more often, but many companies are expecting chip shortages well into next year, if not 2023. Ergo, high-end gaming consoles will remain a hot commodity around the world.
It's worth noting that the PS5 and Xbox Series X recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, and there is a huge slate of games for each console on the horizon. As time goes on, it seems likely the demand for this hardware will only go up.
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Source: Sankei News, TV Asahi (via Kotaku)
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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