PS5 and Xbox Series X scalping could become criminalized in the UK

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PS5 and Xbox Series X scalping isn't stopping any time soon, but Douglas Chapman MP, among others sponsors of the motion, is looking to ban game console scalping by bringing attention to the problem to the UK's House of Commons.

As reported by Sky News, the Scottish National Parliament MP Chapman brought a private member's bill (proposed law introduced to a legislature) forward named 'Gaming Hardware (Automated Purchase and Resale) Bill 2019-21' which could make it illegal for scalpers to bulk buy next-gen consoles. Will gamers finally get a console at its retail price? The bill still needs to get through the House of Commons. 

As stated in the report, the bill is similar to banning reselling tickets to special events or concerts at a higher price. Considering that, the proposed law makes a lot of sense. 

"We've proposed that a similar legislative process be brought forward to ensure that consumers can purchase gaming consoles and computer components at no more than the manufacturers' recommended price, and that resale of goods purchased by automated bots be made illegal," Chapman said.

Many MPs have signed, and continue to sign, the Early Day Motion submitted in December stating that "new releases of gaming consoles and computer components should be available to all customers at no more than the Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price, and not be bought in bulk by the use of automated bots."

If the bill could at least make automated bots bulk buying an illegal activity, gamers yearning for a PS5 or Xbox Series X (or both, you've waited long enough) may see some light at the end of the tunnel. We're sure plenty believe scalping should be criminalised, seeing as supply shortages could go on until April of this year.

If it works, it's best to see which next-gen console you'll want to get, Xbox Series X or PS5.

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.