When the mobile game Flappy Bird was taken off the market last year, sales of mobile phones with the game installed were quickly put on auction sites to the tune of US$300 to US$90,000. The sales on eBay technically violated the site’s Terms of Service, which required smartphones and tablets to be restored to their factory settings. Many were pulled by eBay before anyone was able to drop cash on the listings.

silenthill610PlayStation 4 consoles are seeing a similar spike in sales now that Hideo Kojima and 7780s Studio’s “P.T.” (Playable Teaser) demo is no longer available in the U.S. One listing for a PS4 with the demo installed sold for US$1,800. Others have been removed by eBay before sales went through.

The P.T. demo was originally released as a teaser for Kojima and Konami‘s now cancelled Silent Hills game.

The title featured game director Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear), acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Mimic, Blade II, Pacific Rim), and actor Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, Mimic, Blade II, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore). The credits listed Kojima Production (with its Fox Engine software) and Konami.

During Konami‘s restructuring in March, there were unconfirmed rumors that Kojima would be leaving the company after completing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami has not yet addressed the rumors. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is slated to ship for multiple consoles worldwide on September 1.

[Via Arstechnica]

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