I was able to get cards for myself and several friends without resorting to paying scalper prices. It wasn't fun but it was possible. The consoles were easy to get if you preordered and real annoyance if you didn't.
Amusingly enough, I built a retro emulation PC for the mancave and I spend most of my time on that now using a controller and Launchbox. Everything from Atari right up to the Switch on a Ryzen APU, shit is amazing. Not a ton of games I love on the new consoles yet and my RSI is interfering with using my gaming PC more.
Playing: Elden Ring, HZD: FW, Kingdom Rush series
Watching: Severance, The IT Crowd, The Batman