The scalpers always made no sense... it is a very small part of the console sold.I mean..... do you think scalpers are just buying systems and stockpiling them for the apocalypse? The whole point of scalping is flipping it for a quick buck. Scalped systems are going to make their way to end users very quickly, and those users are going to need games to play.
I don’t buy “scalpers” as an explanation for the poor game sales. Makes no sense.
I mean in a million units sold you have like 30-50k units being scalpers.
People created that myth because they couldn’t get a PS5 but even without scalpers you won’t get one easy... it just the demand is too high right now... even so most GAFers got a PS5 even with all these “massive” scalpers.
And now are creating the myth that people are buying consoles and not games that is actually false... PS5 is selling software like any new system on the market.
People forget that even at the end of gen a successful console has a attach rate around 10 games brought per console.
People around lunch buys 1 game across several options.... though the year they buy more two-three games again across several options.
Individual game sales will be a small fraction of the user base near the launch... even more for niche games.
It is just the flopped PS5 narrative died and now they need to focus on flopped PS5 games.