Gamers who have been religiously hunting down the elusive console often find restocks sell out within minutes, and even those with some of the best methods to alert of sales are coming up empty-handed.
This is mostly due to the continued semiconductor shortage. This chip is used in the manufacturing of the PS5, and there has been a global shortage, affecting industries ranging from video games to medical equipment.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though these shortages will improve anytime soon, and according to Tom’s Guide, it’ll be difficult to find a PS5 well into 2022.
“I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” Hiroki Totoki, CFO of the Sony Group, is reported to have said during a private briefing, per Bloomberg.
Tom’s Guide reports that Sony has considered altering the PS5’s design to accommodate the shortage, though it’s currently unclear if it will decide to move forward with a different design.
“We’re aiming for more sales volume than the PS4 [in its second year]. But can we drastically increase the supply? No, that’s not likely,” Hiroki said of the PS5’s second-year sales, per VGC. “The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact on the production volume.”
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