As we just pass the 11.11 sale and continue to head into the holiday season, those looking to snag themselves or their loved ones a new video game console might have to wait a little longer.
According to new reports, Sony will be reducing the production numbers of the PlayStation 5 from 16 million units made by March 2022 to 15 million units. This means that it will likely not reach its target of 14.8 million PlayStation 5 units sold by that deadline, as the global chip shortage continues to rear its ugly head. Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki had also already mentioned to investors last month that logistical issues continue to plague the Japanese giant.
This comes following earlier comments from Totoki that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect their supply chain and any new wave will hurt it more. It is especially true in developing countries that are both producers of parts they need while also lagging behind in vaccination rates. There’s also more than just the main processor made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) that are in short supply right now, with other crucial parts like power chips from Toshiba also left wanting.
In any case, Sony knows that as long as they can keep manufacturing enough PlayStation 5 consoles, they ought to sell very well. The PlayStation 5 is already the fastest Sony-made console to hit 10 million units sold, but has since dipped to below PlayStation 4 numbers, likely due to a lack of available units. However, there’s been a growing number of players who lament the poor selection of PlayStation 5 games too, while those who perhaps couldn’t get hold of the console have also since shifted to the PC platform, where Sony has been releasing previously PlayStation-only games on.
But in Sony’s defense, they aren’t the only ones dealing with supply chain issues either, with Valve recently delaying their Steam Deck launch while Nintendo has also lowered their Switch sales target for the year. For gamers everywhere though, the situation remains as it is, with both the console market and gaming PCs still in short supply.
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