Bots, which speculators use to buy various scarce goods for later resale at usurious prices, are gradually losing interest in the PlayStation 5 (PS5) game console. informed Resource Video Games Chronicle citing a study by Netacea.
Netacea released the Quarterly Index for the third quarter of 2023, showing the top five products targeted by speculator bots. And for the first time since its release in November 2020, the PlayStation 5 console didn’t make the top three. Despite this, it sits in fourth place and is still in the top 5 of bots’ preferences, meaning interest in the gaming console is still high, albeit a bit down.
According to Netacea, between July and September 2002, the most popular targets for reseller bots were:
- Slide Adidas Yeezy Slide Bone.
- Nike Dunk Low Panda sneakers.
- Football trading cards Panini Donruss Optic.
- PlayStation 5 console.
- Jordan 1 Retro Low OG UNC.
“This is the first time the PlayStation 5 has not made the top three of our index, reflecting a slight decrease in the number of bots targeting the console due to increased inventory,” – according to the Netacea report. However, the researchers found that the PlayStation 5’s resale value remained stable, declining just 2% sequentially.
In recent years, many countries have attempted to stop buying goods using bots. For example, in 2021 the Gaming Hardware (Automated Purchase and Resale) Bill was introduced to the UK Parliament to ban automated scalping, but its further fate remains unclear.