Prepare to slug it out next year, too, to find a PS5. In its latest financial report, Sony reports its outlook for the coming quarters and leaves little hope that the shortage of consoles will be improved in 2022. A finding shared more widely by many analysts and industry players.
Buying a PlayStation 5 is complicated and it is unlikely to work out right away. If the console is already recording solid sales (7.8 million machines were shipped on March 31 and 14.8 million should be, in all, in 2021), Sony is taking advantage of the publication of its latest financial results to warn us: shortages are likely to continue throughout the year and could continue in 2022. The firm once again reports particularly strong demand and shamelessly indicates that even if production increases next year, this will not be enough.
« I don't think demand will calm down this year and while we secure a lot more devices and produce a lot more PlayStation 5 units next year, our supply won't be able to catch up with the demand. “, Admitted Hiroki Totoki, CFO of Sony, during the briefing of presentation of the group.
On the other hand, demand linked to Covid is starting to weaken
The supply of PlayStation 5 will therefore remain complicated, but consumers can still hope that the situation will eventually stabilize. The latest figures unveiled by Sony indeed suggest a demand related to Covid-19 less strong than in the past. For example, PlayStation Network subscriptions rose to 109 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, from 114 million a quarter earlier. This could foreshadow a slightly lower demand as work and homeschooling become less frequent. However, it will take more for the PS5 to flock in numbers to resellers.
Sony promises us to speed up production as soon as possible. It could be done through a new variant of the console, equipped with a new processor designed by AMD and engraved in 6 nm (against 7 nm at present). But despite this possible change, the Japanese giant will remain completely dependent on TSMC production capacities (making AMD chips used by the console). And in this case, they are saturated. It could be the same, moreover, in a few months, for the production of memory.… Which would further accentuate the shortages at Sony and its competitors. Finally, remember that for many industry players, component supply could remain limited until 2023.
Source: Gaming – Frandroid by www.frandroid.com.
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