Playstation scalpers robbed at gunpoint as PS5 stock hunt turns violent

Ever since its launch, the SonyPlaystation 5 has experienced major stock shortages which have seen desperate gamers camp outside shops overnight, spend hours in online queues, and even pay over the odds for the next-gen gaming console.

Two people in Canada looking to sell four Playstation 5 consoles through a social media app were reportedly robbed at gunpoint, with the thief escaping with the goods.

The victims had agreed to meet the would-be buyer in a car park in Ontario. When they arrived to exchange the goods, the robber arrived in a Nissan with a gun and reportedly threatened the victims before driving away.

Police were unable to find the suspect who they said was between the age of 20 and 30, six foot-four and wearing a black jacket.

Luckily, nobody got hurt, but police have warned people to meet in well-lit public places when selling items online.

Four Playstation 5s is worth a hefty amount of money, as one console can sell for upwards of £650 if not purchased direct.

Why has there been a PlayStation 5 shortage?

Part of the reason PS5s are being resold at such steep prices is that it is almost impossible to get your hands on one in store.

Semi-conductors have been in short supply since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, spurred on by the increased rush for more laptops, monitors and other electrical goods.

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The issue was made worse when a shortage of other materials – namely copper, zinc and silicone forced prices higher.

Sony’s chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said: “It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components.

"We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers.

"We continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5.”

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