Thousands of frustrated gamers are still scrambling to get their hands on the new PlayStation5 – and while some retailers are restocking today, there will be plenty of disappointment.
Website Very is expected to get new stock of the console today, while BT and EE could still have some left, but Argos has already sold out again in a matter of hours.
Plenty of fans took to Twitter to express their delight after securing a console for themselves in the early hours of Tuesday from the High Street retailer.
Many even received their orders in the post hours later and are already playing.
One person posted: “Argos with that quick delivery, PS5 was brought around 3am last night and came first thing this morning!”
Many customers had complained of technical issues and a loophole on the Argos website which allowed some to bypass the queue, with a spokesperson confirming it was being investigated.
Fresh stocks are expected in the coming days else where, with Irish store Smyths Toys to receive new shipments in February, reports The Sun.
Its latest stock – which included orders from the British Isles – sold out within hours less than two weeks ago.
It comes as a technology war wages on between people making bots to snatch the likes of the Sony machine with limited stock supplies since it was released in November.
Consumers recently expressed frustration after a Twitter account promoting a service called Carnage Bot claimed to help bot users secure 2,000 pre-orders of the PS5 via Game.co.uk, saying it “just keeps getting easier every time”.
These bots, known as scalper bots, continuously monitor websites for products that are limited in stock.
The moment they become available, the bot has the user’s payment details ready to go, to secure the items within milliseconds, making it near impossible for a human to compete.
Many are then sold on with the intention of turning a profit, via sites such as eBay, costing considerably more than their original price.
And the most frustrating thing: the practice is not illegal.
One eBay auction has so far reached £7,300 after 45 bids.
While the issue is not new, it is gaining more awareness, so much so that a group of MPs in December called for the resale of gaming consoles purchased by automated bots to be made illegal.
Dr Bill Mitchell, director of policy at BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, however, said: “It’s not about legality, I don’t think, it’s about ethics and good practice.”
Retailer Game said it has “strong measures” in place to ensure only one console is being offered per customer.
The PS5 console costs £449.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359.
-- to www.mirror.co.uk