Walmart to Employ New Bot Detection Software for Console Drops
I am confident I’m not alone in my struggle to find any of the newly released consoles. Luckily, Walmart is beginning to acknowledge the issue of bots and has updated its security software accordingly.
The Chief Information Security Officer of Walmart recently revealed that the company has noticed an influx of bots on their website. With their previous software, Walmart was able to stop nearly 20 million bots on PS5 launch day.
However, it appears this software still had its flaws, as the website has been plagued by bots. The new software will apparently be much more efficient at recognizing bots and will even cancel suspicious orders.
Although the effectiveness of this new system has yet to be investigated, it is a step in the right direction. I know that I have had an incredibly hard time finding any of the new console releases and have decided to build a gaming PC as a result.
I encourage both Sony and Microsoft to push retailers to adopt stronger bot detection tools. It is incredibly worrisome that gamers are unable to purchase any of the new consoles at retail price. Instead, if they cannot wait, they are forced to pay an exorbitant price to scalpers who have employed bots.
This is not an issue of stock, but rather of bots being used to purchase consoles before any person can do so.
If any of you are in a similar situation to myself, I wish you the best of luck. I hope you can find the consoles you’re looking for soon and can get back to gaming.