Remember that awesome-looking PS2-style PlayStation 5 console we mentioned a few days ago? This custom system was being offered in a limited run of just 300 units by SUP3R5, and pre-orders went live recently. Sadly, the process didn't go according to plan.
Demand was such that the stock sold out within 20 minutes, causing the SUP3R5 website some serious technical issues. The problems were so bad that some buyers were charged for the console without actually getting confirmation that they'd been successful in obtaining one.
To make matters worse, some of the units which were pre-sold were then flipped on eBay, with the $649 price tag inflated dramatically. To its credit, SUP3R5 said it would be identifying the buyers and cancelling their pre-order – however, even that gesture is somewhat moot now, as the company has issued a subsequent statement saying that it will not be shipping its retro-style PS5 after all, and that all orders will now be refunded.
The reason? SUP3R5 has claimed that its staff were receiving "credible" threats to their safety following the sell-out of the PS2-style PS5:
Last night, our team began receiving credible threats to their safety. We take these threats seriously. We aren’t willing to risk the safety and well-being of our team, or the potential impact this would bring to delivering your order.
All existing orders will be cancelled and fully refunded in the coming days. You will receive a notification when this happens.
We intended this to be a fun way to celebrate a shared nostalgia. 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.