As gamers try to get hold of a next-gen console, those using scalper bots to snatch up the PS5 early are making things tricky. Now, there's finally a way to beat scalpers and get your PlayStation 5.
If you've been one of the thousands of gamers left without a PlayStation 5 at launch, you probably have scalpers to blame. Yes, Sony's stock levels are also an issue, but those who use bots to snatch up the consoles before you get a shot at them are the biggest problem with the next-gen launch.
Thanks to the scalping technology, those users can instantly buy a PS5 the same second it becomes available. They then substantially mark-up the price and post the purchase on eBay in a matter of minutes.
As an ordinary consumer, there's been no way to compete with these PS5 scalpers. At least, until now.
How to Beat PlayStation 5 Scalpers to a Next-Gen Purchase
Thanks to a handy new plug-in, we can finally beat the PS5 bots at their own game. Reddit user rithpath wants to ensure that all gamers have the same opportunities that those paying for scalping bots already have.
The new plug-in is called Octoshop, and it's straightforward to operate. Take a look at the guide below to get started.
- First, download the plug-in and install it on Google Chrome.
- Click on the Octoshop button that appears on the right-hand side of your screen.
- Now go to any retailer's PS5 page, and use Octoshop to track the item
Once you've got the listing active in Octoshop, you can get your handy tool to check the item's availability for you. This way, you'll get a notification if any PlayStation 5 consoles become available at that site.
You can also adjust the setting to only notify you if the PS5 is at a certain price point. This way, you'll be able to avoid finding products listed by PlayStation 5 scalpers.
Unfortunately, Octoshop is currently only available to those in the US, but it's coming to other regions in the future.
The extension doesn't have to be used for PS5 consoles, but it's certainly the most in-demand product right now. Although some retailers had PS5 launch day stock, very few stores currently have any devices to sell.
We can't all be as lucky as the fan who received a standard PS5 by mistake. That's why we've got to use every advantage we can to get the drop on scalpers and bots.
If you're one of the more fortunate gamers, who did manage to get a console at launch, make sure you know how to transfer and play your PS4 games on PS5.