A RETRO PlayStation 5 styled after the PS2 has been pulled from an online store after sickos sent “credible threats” to its creators.
American tech firm Sup3r5 released the modified console last week but has now cancelled all sales until further notice.
A modified PlayStation 5 has been shelved until further notice after its creators were sent ‘credible threats’Credit: sup3r5
Boasting a throwback all-black design, the machine started at $650 and only 304 were produced – a nod to the PS2’s March 4, 2000 release date.
With gamers still battling to get hold of the regular PS5, Sup3r5 registered 54,000 people on the “waitlist” before the contraption launched on Friday.
It sold out within minutes after anxious gamers swamped the company’s online store.
Amidst the mad rush, some furious buyers reported money leaving their account without receiving confirmation they’d bought it.
PlayStation 5 consoles modified to look like PS2s went on sale last weekCredit: sup3r5
It appears one or more people took things a step too far, with Sup3r5 reporting that staff received “credible threats to their safety.”
Sup3r5 has cancelled all orders and is issuing full refunds as a result of the incidents, the company said.
Some gamers reported they are still waiting for their money back, though Sup3r5 said transactions will happen over the coming days.
“We intended this to be a fun way to celebrate a shared nostalgia,” the company wrote.
American tech firm Sup3r5 released the modified console last week but has now cancelled all sales until further noticeCredit: sup3r5
“As it turns out, there are people out there who are willing to interfere with that.
“If we determine that it’s safe to try again, we will. For now, please stay safe.”
Sup3r5’s modified PS5 console is a bog standard PS5 with a swanky paint job.
As well as the console, the company has customised a few hundred Dualsense controllers to look like the joypad that shipped with the PS2.
Sony’s PS5 console boasts an unusual white and black design
The gaming machine started at $649 (£478) for the digital-only edition rising to $750 (£550) for the version with a disc drive.
That’s around $200 (£150) more than the standard PS5’s starting price elsewhere.
“Our Retro Inspired PlayStation 5 Consoles begin life as a new PlayStation 5,” Sup3r5 wrote on its listing, which it has now taken down.
“The team carefully applies the retro inspired design to each unit by hand, a tedious process that is performed with the utmost attention to detail.”
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
The PS2 is officially the best-selling console of all time, with Sony shipping 155million units worldwide since its release in 2000.
Unlike the curvy, white and black PlayStation 5, the console was all-black and sported a boxy design with squared-off edges.
The PS5 is the latest version of the PlayStation, offering 8K gaming and a slew of new console exclusives.
Since the console’s launch in November, stock has been largely sold out across the board, making units near-impossible to find for would-be buyers.
In other news, The Sun’s favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Grab a VR headset and you’ll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.
And Dell’s Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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