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How COVID hit the ‘next generation’ of Xbox and PlayStation

27 November 2020|

I count myself extremely lucky. Not only am I one month into an excellent new job as an economist at Fathom Consulting, but — drumroll, please — last week I secured a launch day PlayStation 5. The rollout of the next generation of games consoles from Sony and Microsoft has not passed off entirely smoothly and has provoked plenty of controversy. With reports of scalpers pushing up prices to exorbitant levels on the secondary market,[1] and some customers receiving deliveries of cat food or kitchen appliances[2] instead of their eagerly awaited console, I feel very fortunate that mine arrived with barely a hitch.