Monday, March 8

AMD warns there will be no stock until mid-year

New generation consoles are available just in time. The situation should continue for a good part of the year.

From left to right: Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS5, PS4 Pro

From left to right: Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS5, PS4 Pro // Gamesdone: Frandroid / Arnaud GELINEAU

Did you manage to order an Xbox Series X, or worse, a PS5? If not, you are far from alone in this situation. Since their launch in November 2020, consoles have been available in small waves, with very limited stocks. Putting aside the stories of scalpers, who can get their hands on stocks to enrich themselves personally, the main problem comes from the low production of consoles.

At the heart of the equation is AMD, which supplies the central APU for the Sony and Microsoft consoles, i.e. the processor and graphics chip. During AMD’s financial results, the group was asked about its production capacity.

Particularly strong demand

On this topic, AMD CEO Lisa Su said demand for the brand’s chips is particularly strong at the moment. Remember that the PC and Gaming markets have been booming for a year, due to the global health crisis. In the specific case of AMD, the firm must succeed in producing chips for the PS5, Xbox Series X and S, but also for its Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards for PCs and Ryzen 5000s. They all use the manufacturing process. of TSMC in 7 nm and must therefore compete on the production lines. Not to mention the other TSMC customers.

More concretely, Lisa Su declares that stocks should be tight throughout the first half of 2021. It would therefore be necessary to wait at least the month of July, and more probably the start of September 2021, to hope to see the consoles return in stock in such a way. normal. In the meantime, we must continue to watch for returns in stock, or be patient.

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