It’s been really hard getting a hold of a PS5 or XBOX Series X. Now we may be getting some relief.
Walmart claims that it may have blocked tens of millions of attempts by retail bots attempting to purchase the PS5. In a corporate blog post, the retailer’s chief information security officer, Jerry Geisler, outlined the approach that it had taken to prevent “grinch bots” from snapping up consoles.
Geisler says that Walmart has a number of strategies it can use when it detects a bot, and that those steps are working out. He claims that “one bot preventative action we implemented just hours before the PlayStation 5 event on November 25 blocked more than 20 million bot attempts within the first 30 minutes alone.” If any bots did make it through, Walmart also audits and “quickly cancels any orders confirmed to be purchased by bots,” meaning that “the vast majority of our next-gen consoles have been purchased by legitimate customers.”
That likely comes as little consolation to those who still haven’t managed to get their hands on a new machine – both the PS5 and Xbox Series X sold out almost straight away, and stocks continue to evaporate in minutes wherever they reappear – but it could be good news for the future of the console as a whole.