SNL’s Stan parody takes potshots at PS5 stock shortage situation

By Dom Peppiatt
7 December 2020 15:26 GMT

Even Saturday Night Live is taking potshots at the on-going PS5 console shortages, with a satirical take on Eminem’s Stan lampooning Sony’s stock predicament.

SNL’s send-up of Stan and the PS5 situation features comedian Pete Davidson, actor Jason Bateman and even Eminem himself, all coming together to present a glib take on the lack of Sony stock available ahead of Christmas.

The revolves around Stu – definitely not Stan – scribbling increasingly manic letters to Santa, as he outlines his desperate pleas for a PS5 (the only thing “keeping him alive”), as Walmart and GameStop face on-going stock shortages.

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As you can probably imagine, Sony has yet to make an official comment on the video. After all, it doesn’t paint the company in the best light, really, and highlights an issue that a lot of gamers are all too familiar with: there just aren’t enough PS5s available right now.

And things aren’t likely to get any better in the short term, either: Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart said that there was likely going to be a shortage of supply for the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles until about April 2021 and we know that there’s been “record-breaking demand” for new hardware at retail for both Xbox and PlayStation machines.

At least Ubisoft is getting in on the fun, though. The publisher added another verse to the track, presumably giving some quick-fingered fan out there a PS5 code for Assassin’ Creed Valhalla. Nice.

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