Nintendo Switch is also threatened by component shortages

    The president of Nintendo himself warns us: the Switch could also be hit by semiconductor shortages. In an interview with Nikkei, the person mentioned supply difficulties and demand which remains very strong. This precarious situation could deteriorate by the end of the year.

    In a few months, the Nintendo Switch could be as difficult to buy as a PS5 // Source: Frederic Christian – Unsplash

    If you're planning on buying a Switch, maybe do so right now. In an interview with Japanese media Nikkei, Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo, spoke of the current global shortage of semiconductors… and the interested party does not exclude that the Switch may suffer from it in the coming months. Worse, he foresees it and explains that a shortage of Switch is possible (and envisaged) in the medium term.

    These statements come as the tech market is generally held back by the trickle-down production of semiconductors by major chipmakers. Among them, TSMC, the world's leading founder. It is he who supplies the SoCs for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / X, but also AMD's Ryzen processors, among others. For its Switch, Nintendo for its part uses a SoC Tegra X1 signed Nvidia. A chip manufactured by Samsung Foundry, also plagued by overloaded production, especially in the face of very strong demand for the latest generation Nvidia GPU (RTX 3000).

    The Switch could be hard to find this winter

    Shuntaro Furukawa, however, goes a step further when he takes stock of Switch production, bluntly talking about the materials needed to manufacture the semiconductors needed for the console. ” We were able to obtain the materials necessary for the immediate production of semiconductors for the Switch., ”Explains Furukawa, quoted by VideoGamesChronicle (VGC). “However, in Japan and other countries demand has been very strong since the start of the year, and some retailers may experience shortages in the future.», Continued the President of Nintendo. “It is difficult to say how we will cope with this situation, but in some cases we may not be able to fulfill all orders.».

    View of a disassembled Switch

    View of a disassembled Switch // Source: iFixit

    As IGN France reminds us, the Switch has already been the victim of several periods of shortages lately. Last year, the console was in very high demand during the first containment, leading to a drying up of stocks and a surge in prices at some resellers. A barely resolved situation to which these production chain problems are now added. The “confiscation” of part of the production by thescalpers, who buy Switches in large volumes to resell them, sometimes at a price that is sometimes doubled when demand is highest, also adds to the problem.

    It remains to be seen whether the production of la future Switch Pro will also be impacted. If so, Nintendo would then find itself in the same situation as Sony and Microsoft by launching a new console that is very difficult for consumers to find.


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