This isn't always the case though. I've had shield consoles disappear from multiple different toons, and not one of the missing consoles has shown up in an overflow bag. Or if they are there, then there is another bug stopping me from actually opening the bag.
I had an overflow bag button, but it did not open to let me take anything. When I logged in after the patch the console was still in the Eng slot. However, when I went into space it was gone and I figured it was deleted, so I put something else there before seeing the overflow bad.
I logged out of the game and exited the launch window and then I restarted the game. I could then open the overflow bag and get the console.
I've asked them to update the patch notes, but most people have gone for the night.
So... we get information both from patch notes and dev posts that shield consoles slotted in engineering spots would be grandfathered in and when it turns out that's untrue, your solution is to edit the patch notes to make it seem like its working as intended? Gee thanks. How 'bout an actual fix?
After almost a week of telling us our shield consoles will be able to stay in their engineering slots as long as we don't move them, when that doesn't work as intended, you decide instead to turn it into a feature?
On my Sovereign, I use the Borg console and the shield emitters science console in the 2 science slots. If I were to log in, and forced to put those two shield consoles in those slots instead, the net result would be I'd actually be using less shield consoles - zero instead of one. I consider the shield consoles "Engineering consoles forced into science slots" rather than science consoles.
What about the formerly +35% shield console? Are you going to restore the functionality, or is this going to be turned into another feature?
I'm actually reluctant to log in for the anniversary event until I find out what your response is. Which is sad, because a few days ago, I was really looking forward to it, and the Odyssey.
It's a bug. The grandfather slotting of the console didn't work as stated and the console should be in your overflow bag. The effect of the console however, is also not correct due to another bug that was made by Cryptic (Cryptic is aware of this) and you will get a greatly reduced effect from the console (it is granting +35 shield skill instead of +35% shield health which is a drastic effectiveness difference).
I see Zeronius partially addressed this while I was typing.
Not a bug. The following is speculative on my part based upon what's happening.
It's a preventive bit of tech that was added to address some past bugs. May have been a race condition of some kind. Players were able to slot equipment in the wrong slot. I inadvertently slotted personal armor into a shield slot on a boff. Apparently the server now does a sweep of your slotted equipment upon zoning in to a zone. Any illegally slotted equipment is booted and shoved into the Overflow bag.