It has been really difficult for genuine gamers to get their hands on the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles since their respective launches last year. All thanks to global semiconductor shortage (partly due to the pandemic) and scalpers having a field day with their bots.
The PlayStation 5 caught my eyes since I saw the launch videos. I was not actively searching for a console due to the aforementioned reasons. However, I came across this article 3 weeks ago and it sparked my interest to try again. The article details a good strategy for websites using a queuing system to keep scalpers and their bots at bay.
Then it occurred to me: If scalpers use their bots for ‘bad’, there should be good developers out there who also want ‘genuine’ gamers to get their hands on a console.
After a few keyword combinations on Google Search, I followed one of the good bots on Twitter with my notifications turned on. I used the strategy from the article days later when Euronics.de had stock. After about an hour of automatic refresh on the Euronics website, the PlayStation 5 was out of stock. Having seen the potential, I followed 2 more bots to increase my chances.
Good Bots to Follow on Twitter
After about 2 weeks of clicking links and disappointments at checkout, I finally got one on Otto on the 30th of March. At first, I did not believe it when the order was completed because I had to create an Otto account as fast as possible. Luckily, I don’t have to enter payment details to complete the order. I gave up on the order when I got an on-screen message that the next steps will be sent to my email. Really?
Interestingly, many websites had stock on this day, I nearly snap up 2 consoles on Saturn, unfortunately, the pickup option was not available for Munich. Eventually, I received the email confirmation from Otto asking me to make a deposit of €170 to lock in my order. My Bank’s Instant Transfer service came in handy as Otto received and confirmed the payment promptly. I received my PS5 5 days later.
That’s it! That’s how I got my PS5.
- Follow the bots on Twitter.
- Turn on notifications for these Twitter accounts.
- Create an account on:
Note: You can delete the accounts after the PS5 brouhaha.
- Add a payment method.
- Do not sign out of these accounts.
- Once you get a notification from a Twitter bot, click on the link immediately. You will be surprised a ‘big drop’ can be sold out within a few minutes.
- The word on the street is that you need to keep an eye on Amazon after the Easter holidays.
PS5 Games Deals
In conclusion, I don’t think many gamers will get their hands on the PS5 any time soon. With scalpers on a rampage, semiconductor shortages, and going by the PS4 sales record, Sony has about a hundred million units of consoles to go. The results from the survey below tell only a fraction of the PS5 stock story.
I hope this helps. All the best!