Getting your palms on a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this vacation season is a significant problem. Not solely are shoppers competing towards one another, they’re competing towards bots and resellers who’re hoping to revenue from new console shortage. One bot, which you’ll be able to watch on Twitch, might provide some assist. It’s checking stock at quite a lot of on-line retailers each second.

The Twitch channel is run by Cam Ritz, who used a publicly obtainable program referred to as Streetmerchant — billed as “the world’s easiest, most powerful stock checker” — to observe PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, NewEgg, Walmart, and different retailers. Watching the stream is presently an enormous wall of disappointment; a whole lot of updates each minute present “OUT OF STOCK” all over the place.

Ritz informed Polygon that a few of his viewers have snagged consoles by monitoring his stream. “I made this to help others out, to be honest,” Ritz stated in a Twitter direct message. “[I] had luck last night though with one person getting one from [Sam’s Club], and yesterday had luck with a few people getting Xbox Series Xs from GameStop.”

Ritz stated he already scored a console when pre-orders went reside, and might add extra retailers to his watch record. Amusingly, even Ritz is monitoring one other supply for stock: Twitter user Wario64, who can be regularly notifying his followers of PS5 and Xbox Series X at quite a lot of retailers.

Even in case you don’t rating a brand new console due to this bot — which, by the way, you could possibly run your self — there’s some consolation in seeing a real-time feed that reinforces how troublesome it’s to seek out one proper now.