December 2, 2023

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The PlayStation Portal sold out within two days as sellers arrived

The PlayStation Portal sold out within two days as sellers arrived

The PlayStation Portal remote launcher floats on a black background.

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PlayStation Portal, Sony’s new portable streaming device that lets you play PlayStation 5 games on a tablet-like screen, has sold out just two days after its launch on November 15. As a result, bloated resale listings are popping up in all the usual places.

Normally, PlayStation Portal will cost you $200 if you buy it at retail, but the device has already been sold out through official channels like Sony internal store. Therefore, speculators once again took the opportunity to sell it for more than its value Sites like eBay. (Thanks Eurogamer). As of this writing, most listings range from $300 to about $350, with the high end being roughly double the actual cost of the device.

For most people looking for video game consoles, this song and dance is nothing new. Almost every time a coveted video game console is released, inventory scarcity and distributor price gouging occur. There is not enough supply to meet demand, and predatory people buy and sell them online. It was PlayStation 5 Dealing with scarcity issues for years After its launch in 2020 and the units acquired by sellers It was listed for double its price of $500. So it’s only natural that PlayStation Portal would become part of this cycle as well.

Valve is Trying to reduce that with the new OLED Steam Deck, which requires a Steam account in “good standing” and a purchase made in the store before November 1st to pre-order. This was before the device was announced, so sellers didn’t have a window to create accounts between the news and when pre-orders started.

Kotaku Sony has been contacted for comment.

The PlayStation Portal is essentially a tablet with DualSense-like grips on the side. He. She It sounds silly, but it actually feels pretty good It’s more portable than the Switch, and games look great on its screen. but, As we point out in our reviewIt’s not a Switch-type device that lets you play PlayStation 5 games on the go. The PlayStation Portal is a console accessory that lets you play games on a mobile device through a Wi-Fi connection, so your use case will vary depending on your home setup. I can see it being useful for people who have a PS5 in their living room and want to play in bed, or are trying to free up the TV for someone else to use, but your mileage will vary depending on what you’re trying to get out of it.

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