You cannot download P.T. anymore, and you can’t sell a PlayStation 4 pre-loaded with the horror game, either.
If you search for P.T. and PS4 on eBay right now, almost nothing comes up.
A few hours ago, however, and you would have found a bunch of people hoping to capitalize on the game’s newfound scarcity, thanks to Konami’s decision to bring the game down from PSN.
Kotaku reader Kevin Schumacher listed his own bundle on eBay, but it was quickly taken down, and the company send him an explanation about why it couldn’t be sold on eBay:
When Schumacher got in touch with me, there were still a bunch of listings on eBay. Now, there are none, and it looks like the company is continue clamping down on any such listings.
This isn’t particularly shocking, as eBay once took down auctions for iPhones with copies of Flappy Bird, too.
Weirdly, the policy eBay cites isn’t listed in their support document for selling a game console:
Most new video game consoles, that support online gameplay, will save your personal information used for logging into those networks. Before selling your video game console, it is highly recommended to go into the settings area, and reset the console back to factory default settings.
There is a big difference between “highly recommended” and “required.”
I spoke to an eBay customer service representative on the phone earlier today, and while one of them expressed confusion at the discrepancy between eBay’s stated policy and the one that’s getting these auctions taken down, a specialist said this is precisely in line with eBay’s rules.
It’s possible some people might be able to sell a PS4 with P.T. without eBay catching on, but that might not be for a little while yet. Right now, everyone’s paying attention, and eBay is, too.