We are one year after launch and the PS5 yet it is difficult to find, which means that the consoles that already exist are an extremely desired product. Sadly, this has sparked a heated reselling culture around the machine and, even sadder in this case, has resulted in a 19-year-old being shot while trying to sell one.
As ABC13 reports, a young man from Harris County, Texas, had put his PlayStation 5 console up for sale online over the weekend, where an allegedly interested buyer had seen the ad and contacted.
The couple agreed to meet on a street at 1:30 pm Sunday, but when he arrived, the “buyer” pulled out a firearm and tried to steal the console from the seller. It is not clear what happened next, but for some reason the assailant shot the 19-year-old “in the side” and then escaped without having stolen the console, which was left behind.
ABC13 has this image of the scene:
The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he is in stable condition with “non-life threatening injuries.” Police were unable to provide a description of the suspect.
The PS5 shortage has continued for the same reason that the graphics card shortage has continued, along with delays in everything from phones to new cars; There are simply not enough semiconductor chips being made because of Covid and the resulting chaos it has wreaked on global supply grids, which doesn’t help the fact that factories capable of building them are notoriously difficult and expensive to build, requiring a long anticipation in production times.
What it was described in March as heading towards a “crisis” it certainly is here now, with many companies unable to forecast a return to somewhat regular service until 2022 at the earliest, and others they push the ship more conservatively until 2023.