Still little hope for the PS5 – Sony struggles with console shortages

Sony is giving gamers little hope for a PS5 this year. The production schedule for the console is revised downwards.

To get a PlayStation 5, you need to have particularly agile fingers. The console is constantly out of stock. Despite the positive sales numbers in Wednesday’s quarterly report, Sony is sure to produce even fewer PS5 consoles in 2022.

No sooner is the PlayStation 5 available in stores than it’s already gone. So far, the company has sold 17.3 million consoles. Yet Sony is failing to restock and many gamers are still finding themselves on the ditch with no prospect of getting a PlayStation 5. This is also the reason why the company had to revise down the forecast console production for the current fiscal year.

Previously, Sony planned to produce 14.8 million PS5 consoles. However, this figure has meanwhile been revised downwards to 11.5 million (as Reuters reports). The reason for this would be the continuing shortage of chips. The pandemic is having a massive impact on production, which is preventing chipmakers from fulfilling orders. Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, expects a shortage of chips next year as well.

In an interview with (CNBC), Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, does not have good news for the gaming community. According to him, the shortage of chips is expected to last until 2023. “Every quarter of next year, we will gradually improve, but there will be no balance between supply and demand until 2023. said Gelsinger. Apart from Sony, Nintendo is also facing this shortage. The company expects 20% fewer switches this year.

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