Friday, July 9th 2021

Last-gen Consoles from Sony, Microsoft Also Facing Stock Issues in the US

As pressure mounts over Sony and Microsoft's (in)ability to deliver their current-gen PS5 and Xbox Series S|X consoles at a fast enough pace to satisfy demand, it seems that users now have yet another reason to throw their gamer hands up in the air in frustration. Stocks of new PS4 / PS4 Pro and Xbox One S|X have been increasingly harder to come by in recent times, and especially in the US, stock of the last-gen consoles on Amazon, Target, Walmart and GameStop is virtually non-existent. The only choice prospective gamers have is to find a second-hand last-gen console - and pricing on those seems to be (predictably) going up.

When one looks at it, it does make sense that last-gen consoles are also becoming hard to find, despite the fact that they haven't been discontinued yet. It all pertains to the finite resources at manufacturers' disposal. Even if there are no common components between last and current-gen consoles, the difficulties faced by the supply chain in procuring even raw materials for fabrication means that manufacturers have to prioritize resource allocation - and it seems obvious that both Sony and Microsoft would prioritize current-gen consoles over the alternative. The stock issues even extend to peripherals - controllers for Sony's PS4 are also out of stock, and while the PS5's Dual Sense sees healthy stock levels, that controller has no backwards compatibility, meaning that users looking for a replacement or additional PS4 controller have to make do with either used ones or third-party alternatives. As for Xbox controllers, fear not - they're in stock, for both current and last-gen systems.
Current-gen gaming is hard enough to achieve nowadays, even considering the improving situation in high-performance graphics cards - and "improving" here refers to street pricing that's still some 50% above MSRP - on average. Of course, one can always opt to dip their toes in cloud gaming - Microsoft's xCloud is now open to all prospective users, presenting an alternative to the hardware shortages we've been facing.
Source: Kotaku
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40 Comments on Last-gen Consoles from Sony, Microsoft Also Facing Stock Issues in the US

#1
TheinsanegamerN
So what you're saying is I can take my dusty old PS4 and sell it for more then I paid for it in 2013?

Awesome.
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#2
jardows
I guess we'll just have to go outside for some entertainment then, or read a book or something. You know, apocalyptic level measures.
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#3
TheinsanegamerN
jardowsI guess we'll just have to go outside for some entertainment then, or read a book or something. You know, apocalyptic level measures.
No, YoU cAnT gO oUtSiDe YoU mIgHt GeT a CoOf AnD kIlL aLl ThE gRaNdMaS!!!!111!1!1!OmG1!!!!
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#4
neatfeatguy
jardowsI guess we'll just have to go outside for some entertainment then, or read a book or something. You know, apocalyptic level measures.
My two kids act like the world is coming to a fucking end if the internet is turned off and they can't use their electronics. Locking the daughter's phone (only able to be used for emergency calls to 911 or a couple of approved numbers such as parents and grandparents) and blocking all devices from the internet is awesome. The kids become obedient and compliant. They will, begrudgingly, do anything needed of them to earn time on their devices.

But if I suggest they do something else, other than electronics, for fun.....it's like they don't know how. The weather has been amazing the past few days, mid 70s, cool breeze and they refuse to go outside and be active....that's fine, I guess, but they sure don't get to use their electronics inside. So, they sulk...I'm not sure if it's funny or sad.
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#5
isvelte
Is there really a shortage of xbox series x/s? Here in my country you can buy them EVERYWHERE, online or in malls for only +100$ markup to msrp, which is more or less tax
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#6
Colddecked
isvelteIs there really a shortage of xbox series x/s? Here in my country you can buy them EVERYWHERE, online or in malls for only +100$ markup to msrp, which is more or less tax
Maybe you should start a... xporting business. :cool:

But yes, they are hard to find in the US.
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#7
BorisDG
TheinsanegamerNSo what you're saying is I can take my dusty old PS4 and sell it for more then I paid for it in 2013?

Awesome.
Imagine if this actually happens... sad times to be a gamer.
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#8
TheinsanegamerN
BorisDGImagine if this actually happens... sad times to be a gamer.
The poor gamers wont be able to spend hundreds of dollars on their bing bing wahoo microtransactions and loot boxes because they cant shell out an extra benjamin for their locked down console. Poor things.
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#9
defaultluser
Why would anyone be surprised at this?

These consoles were mostly sold out the entirety of last year, So if you give-up hope on the New Hotness, the old demand should resume 3-6 months after launch.
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#10
yotano211
TheinsanegamerNNo, YoU cAnT gO oUtSiDe YoU mIgHt GeT a CoOf AnD kIlL aLl ThE gRaNdMaS!!!!111!1!1!OmG1!!!!
I'll rather watch pron. Going outside to play is for flat earthers
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#11
sepheronx
TheinsanegamerNThe poor gamers wont be able to spend hundreds of dollars on their bing bing wahoo microtransactions and loot boxes because they cant shell out an extra benjamin for their locked down console. Poor things.
Now I know you visit 4chan
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#12
DeathtoGnomes
I'm waiting for a mining hater to point fingers and blame .... :shadedshu:
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#13
defaultluser
DeathtoGnomesI'm waiting for a mining hater to point fingers and blame .... :shadedshu:
For current-gen consoles, you could argue this (it is essentially a 6700 xt, for $400.)

That old stuff is no faster than current Tiger Lake IGP.
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#14
R-T-B
defaultluserFor current-gen consoles, you could argue this (it is essentially a 6700 xt, for $400.)
Yes, but it can't mine. Signed firmware and all.
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#15
deu
Get ready for PS3 bundles! :D
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#18
Why_Me
yotano211Most people don't speak Russian
And most people that post on tech sites have figured out Google Translate by now.
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#19
yotano211
Why_MeAnd most people that post on tech sites have figured out Google Translate by now.
Most people on tech sites only visit it when they have problems.
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#20
R-T-B
Why_MeIs this where we fake pretend that mining doesn't have an impact.

ssu.gov.ua/novyny/sbu-vykryla-naibilshu-kryptofermu-v-ukraini-maizhe-5-tys-kompiuteriv-mainyly-hroshi-na-vinnytsiaoblenerho
Not sure what eastern europe is saying but pretty confident it doesn't. You simply Can't. Mine. On. A. Console.

According to the google translate version, 5800 consoles were seized. This does not indicate they were used in mining. It is more likely they were scalping them.

Anyways, I'm sad to see our prophecy so quickly fullfilled.
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#21
Caring1
Why_MeAnd most people that post on tech sites have figured out Google Translate by now.
And yet you haven't. :wtf:
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#22
ixi
isvelteIs there really a shortage of xbox series x/s? Here in my country you can buy them EVERYWHERE, online or in malls for only +100$ markup to msrp, which is more or less tax
Buy 100, sell it to us amazon for double the price you bought one piece. Your wallet goes stonks! :D
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#23
lynx29
jardowsI guess we'll just have to go outside for some entertainment then, or read a book or something. You know, apocalyptic level measures.
I actually have been reading a lot more in the past year. I did 20 books last year give or take... and I am 10 books into this year so far.

Honestly it's very healthy to have a wide variety of hobbies, people need to just take a break for a year or two if they are that desperate for hardware, go explore some new hobbies.

I have several: gardening, nature exercises/biking trails, reading, painting/coloring with professional colored pencils (hoping to get a Bob Ross paint set eventually, but they are a bit pricey), reading, visiting family more often, and getting back into indie gaming or older backlog games and thoroughly taking my time to enjoy them. I have some more, but yeah.
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#24
yotano211
lynx29I actually have been reading a lot more in the past year. I did 20 books last year give or take... and I am 10 books into this year so far.

Honestly it's very healthy to have a wide variety of hobbies, people need to just take a break for a year or two if they are that desperate for hardware, go explore some new hobbies.

I have several: gardening, nature exercises/biking trails, reading, painting/coloring with professional colored pencils (hoping to get a Bob Ross paint set eventually, but they are a bit pricey), reading, visiting family more often, and getting back into indie gaming or older backlog games and thoroughly taking my time to enjoy them. I have some more, but yeah.
Don't think about the price think of the happy clouds.

Add ASA sailing classes. Go into any yacht club and you'll be up and sailing within days or hours. Do it on a daily or weekly thing. The weather right now is perfect, once winter comes, most boats go on the hard, (hard top, hard storage, winter storage).
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#25
sepheronx
yotano211Don't think about the price think of the happy clouds.

Add ASA sailing classes. Go into any yacht club and you'll be up and sailing within days or hours. Do it on a daily or weekly thing. The weather right now is perfect, once winter comes, most boats go on the hard, (hard top, hard storage, winter storage).
If I had a boat, I would be happy to learn how to sail.
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