By 2020, every PS5 refill was a mess. In 2021, nothing has changed. In fact, the PlayStation console has become harder to buy. Demand has been stable. As a result, scalpers continue to poach every PS5 refill with bots capable of filling stock. Meanwhile, inventories are less frequent than they were in 2020, probably due to the fact that retailers drained their inventory to zero during the holiday season. Unfortunately, the situation is unlikely to get better anytime soon.
According to Sony itself, the shortage will not end this year unless demand falls and right now demand shows no signs of slowing down. Speaking to investors, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki confirmed that he and the company can do nothing to increase supply. Not only is semiconductor missing somewhere, but there are “other factors”
“As I said earlier, we are aiming for more sales volume than the PS4, but can we drastically increase supply? No, that’s not likely. The lack of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will affect production. like to aim at [beating] second-year sales of 14.8 million, which was the second year of PS4. “
Sony is leaving the door open for supply to increase in 2022, and this could happen, but according to a number of experts and those who would know, there may be supply issues until 2023. Some may think this will be eased by lowering demand. time, but that’s not how consoles work. Demand will only increase when more must-have games are released, especially if these games cannot be played on PS4. Right now, there is hardly anything that can be played on PS5 and cannot be played on PS4. Still, demand is through the roof.
For what it’s worth, Totoki notes that Sony may change the console’s design if the lack of semiconductors continues. How it could change the console to alleviate the dependency on these components remains to be seen, but apparently it is something that is being evaluated.
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