PS5s are Scarce? Come Play Our PS5!

At Blue Light Lobby, we have all kinds of equipment for you to use. With everything from top-of-the-line PCs to VR headsets – with the newest release November 2021 coming soon – we have what you want to play. Now, at the end of our opening week of events, we have a new PS5 – with downloaded games included – ready for you to use.

What Does It Cost?

Surprisingly, unlike buying your own PS5, using our equipment won’t cost your wallet and your soul – it’s only $10 for an hour of playtime. And that’s without having to purchase the console, the games, or the place to play! You can also sign in to your account on our PS5 to use your own games either to keep your own progress or on the off chance we don’t have them.

What Makes This the Best Option?

Having your own PS5 right now is a bit of a hit-or-miss. Between the expenses and the current shortages, if you don’t already have one, you’ll be on a waiting list to give your wallet away on restock, then on the waiting list for your wallet to recharge to buy the games. Spending $500, enough for the console alone, is worth 50 hours of gameplay (over 90 hours gameplay with a membership) at Blue Light Lobby. Even without buying the games.

What Are the Current Wait Times?

For Blue Light Lobby, there isn’t a wait time. This could change soon, so either come on in to check it out or reserve a time slot to guarantee the availability, any time from noon to midnight.

Buying a PS5 has been described more like a raffle than of a purchase, and we’re inclined to agree simply for the madness of trying to find the times and locations to order from. For retailers, particularly GameStop, BestBuy, Target, Walmart, and Amazon, it looks like the next available times will be over the next two weeks with little specifically confirmed. Some might wait until Black Friday, four weeks away.

Previously, PS5s have been selling out in minutes, so even finding a location that will restock isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be able to get one! A lot of restocks are only available in certain areas or at certain times. An individual named Matt Swider has been tracking PS5 restocks, including one for several GameStop locations on October 29 (unfortunately, the closest one for restock is about 700 miles away). Whatever you’re planning, be safe about your payment information and who you give it to as well as where you go to find a PS5.

Why Are There Wait Times?

The PS5 has been out for months, so it makes sense for the console to be more purchasable now. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Between all the increased gaming we’ve been doing over the past two years and the marketing tactics that corporations start with, there are some hold-ups on production.

Increase in Gaming

In 2020, with the stay-at-home extravaganza that was the most recent plague, at-home gaming, and therefore console sales, reached an all-time high. Because of this, consoles have been in higher demand and have been selling through backstock.

Initial Draw-Out

Somewhat unsurprisingly, there wasn’t that much backstock to pull from. As we’ve seen with previous releases, even from other companies like Nintendo, new tech is released a little at a time to keep prices up and to make sure there’s a steady stream of purchases. Because Sony was drawing out the sales initially, they weren’t able to get enough consoles stocked before shortages started.

Semiconductor Shortage

Semiconductors used to be specific to gaming equipment and computers, but now they’re in every type of smart electronics from smart fridges to car GPSs. Although the demand has steadily been increasing for years, most U.S. plants outsourced to other locations years ago making government measures and travel issues a real problem. The shortage of semiconductors really started last year as everything culminated: when COVID-19 concerns shut down production while increasing demand.

Come Play Our PS5!

Despite the difficulties in getting your hands on a PS5 of your very own, you can still participate in the gameplay! As the main Rexburg gaming stop, our location is open for everyone at anytime from noon to midnight with it all – free PS5 games included. To avoid breaking the bank, and maybe put a little less strain on the shortages, we’re here for you to experience top quality gaming at a fraction of what top quality costs.

Blue Light Lobby: The New Game Store Rexburg Needed

In the past, you could only buy games at a game store. Now, gaming has exploded into the culture, on everything from updated consoles to smart phones. This has made gaming more isolated, so now, there is a need for social gaming centers. 


As of Monday, there’s a new game store Rexburg offers! Blue Light Lobby is a gaming center offering a new take on gaming. Our store serves as a hangout location with multiple types of gameplay options including board games, PC gaming, console gaming, tabletop games, and VR. We even have a PS5, and we include the games for all of our equipment!

A Social Space

In addition to the gaming, Blue Light Lobby will be a place for larger groups to gather. Rexburg isn’t up-to-date for social spaces, and the lounge alone can serve as an option for groups of up to 12 people. So if you are trying to escape your apartment, do something with the roommates, need an FHE location, or are looking for a space for the whole family to enjoy, we have you covered.

Blue Light Lobby lets you experience your hangout, any type of nerd culture, and opportunities to participate in competitive play with weekly and monthly game tournaments. The store is open six days a week so you’ll always have the chance to relax and unwind playing a variety of games or just hanging out with friends.

Rental Rates and Memberships

Tickets and hourly rentals for equipment or events are affordably priced while providing the best hardware and games available. That’s right, all games are included in the rentals. Blue Light Lobby also offers a monthly membership pass for major discounts on events and on rentals. Store Members may also be invited to exclusive events, so it’s well worth the cost! The store hours are usually from noon to midnight (as some events and activities may have modified hours) so check out our website and social media pages for all updates. 

Games and Events Offered

We are excited to finally be opening the Blue Light Lobby, and we really feel like it is the game store Rexburg needed. There are other game stores in town where you can buy board games or merch, but what we are offering is different. Rather than focusing on sales, we offer the social aspect of gaming with the benefits of multi-use spaces, gaming-quality PCs with free-to-use games, low ping and great bandwidth for the best experience. This place was built by gamers for gamers!

We have all kinds of games, from League of Legends, Valorant, and Apex Legends, to over 30 other titles available through our commercial partnership with Valve. We wanted to provide as many of our favorite game titles as possible. On our computers, you can also sign in and play via Steam, Origin, Epic, and Blizzard Launchers. Our 10 high-end gaming computers have 3000 series graphics cards, and our consoles include a mix of the latest systems from major brands like Oculus and PlayStation. You are also always welcome bring your own to use!

Come on In!

We are committed to providing a cutting-edge gaming experience with a rapid upgrade cycle and an atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. For gaming Rexburg offers, for an open board game area, for a new D&D Rexburg location, or just for a small getaway, we hope you’ll come to check us out! 

The Blue Light Lobby is now open with an opening week party on Friday, October 29.

For this and all our events, or if you are bringing a big group, you can reserve ahead online. You’re welcome to come on in any time, Monday through Saturday, noon to midnight. 

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