Getting a PlayStation 5 will not be easy this year and production will continue to be limited by the shortage of supplies of components that the electronics industry suffers. Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s CFO, has assured in a meeting with analysts that they do not believe that the demand for PS5 will relax and “even if we make sure to produce many more PS5 systems in the next year, our production will not be able to keep up with demand. “, according to Bloomberg. Totoki had already ruled out that the problems were solved in the short term.
PlayStation 5 has sold 7.8 million consoles since its launch in November, in Spain and the rest of the world, making it the fastest-selling console in history. Su goal is to reach at least 14.8 million during the current fiscal year -until March 31, 2022-, the figure achieved by PlayStation 4 in that period – currently close to 116 million.
One of the solutions Sony is studying is to alter some hardware components and hire more sources of supplies. A medium has published these days that Sony will be preparing a modification in PS5 -a 6nm CPU chip- that in any case will not be visible to the user -it is not a drastic redesign or power-. “As I said before, we are aiming for higher sales volume than PS4 in its second fiscal year. Can we drastically increase supplies? No, it seems not“Totoki said.” The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are others that have an impact on production. “
A problem also on Xbox Series X | S and maybe on Nintendo Switch
Microsoft is also struggling to produce enough Xbox Series X | S on the market, and all new-gen consoles sell out within minutes of going on sale. So far Nintendo Switch has managed to overcome this obstacle but it seems that production is beginning to suffer. “Due to the global shortage of semiconductor materials, we cannot produce all the products we want“said Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa.