Soulja Boy’s video game consoles are receiving the same critical reception as his recent music.
The “Crank That” rapper, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, may have just launched a new video game console and handheld on Wednesday, and industry press wasted no time slamming the systems.
According to gaming publications Polygon and GamesRadar, the devices – the aptly named SouljaGame Console and SouljaGame Handheld – appear to be nothing more than rebranded versions of similar systems Abernic’s Retro Mini Video Game Console and 2018 Portable Video Handheld Game Console.
They’re also being sold at a significant markup.
While Soulja is selling his console for $150, Abernic’s goes for $105. He’s also selling the handheld system for $100, compared to $73.
Both publications point out that while both game systems boast a robust lineup of included games, it’s unclear exactly what those games are.
GamesRadar’s review was particularly damning, writing, “It’s also unclear what these systems actually are, why the hell they even exist, and why 2018 was allowed to reach this point.”
But despite the criticism, the rapper seems thrilled to be selling both.
On Wednesday, he tweeted, “To the first person that purchased my console you just brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy! Thank you so much for your support I promise to continue my tech company and evolve it in the gaming world. I’m just a kid with a dream.”
He followed up on Thursday, tweeting that he’d already turned a big profit on the systems, writing, “Wow made $250,000 from my game console it’s only been less than 24hours since release wtf thank you guys so much.”
A rep for Soulja Boy did not respond to a request for comment.
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