The PlayStation 5 is no longer a prime target for scalpers, according to listings shared on r/PlayStation that suggest sellers are going to extreme lengths to get rid of the consoles that they’ve hoarded over the past few years. In one highly upvoted post, one seller is offering PS5 consoles, including what appears to be the pricier, $499.99 version with disc drive, for $400 each, explaining that they needed money to pay for tuition and residency. Sony suggested that the PS5 shortage, which has been described by the company as being “unprecedented,” officially ended at the beginning of this year, having shared an article in January 2023 about the increased supply of PS5 consoles, now readily available at the usual retailers.
From a PlayStation.blog post:
Since the launch of PlayStation 5 just over two years ago, we’ve introduced incredible games like God of War Ragnarök, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West and Returnal, which showcase the boundless creativity of our development community and the extraordinary experiences they’ve been able to build on our platform.
To all our fans: thank you for your patience as we navigated unprecedented demand for the PS5 console amid global challenges. If you’re looking to purchase a PS5 console, you should now have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally.
For players in the U.S., U.K, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, be sure to check direct.playstation.com to purchase a PS5 console, games, and accessories directly from PlayStation. PS5 products are also available at participating retailers globally.