For the boss of PlayStation, the shortage of PS5 should last several more months

Sony is suffering from the global semiconductor shortage, which affects many industries.

Will there be enough PlayStation 5s for Christmas? Jim Ryan, head of Sony’s video game division,. “The situation should improve over the course of 2021. By the second half of the year, we should see good numbers», He comments. “But there aren’t many magic wands we can wave.»

Fans of video games know it well: getting a PlayStation 5 is complicated to say the least. Released worldwide in November,. But most of the available inventory had been reserved months in advance by consumers. And the rare restockings offered for sale on the sales sites of the major brands are sold out in a few minutes – sometimes the fault of robots acting on behalf of crooks, who then resell the PlayStation 5 at much higher prices on second-hand sites.

Objective of 15 million sales

The person responsible for this situation is known. It’s about the global semiconductor shortage. The latter has several origins, such as the surge in consumer demand for electronic equipment since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (computers, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, etc.), and the galloping growth of the cloud, including servers need semiconductors.

In short, demand is increasing, but production chains are finding it difficult to keep up, especially due to the lack of anticipation on the part of their customers. Orders must be anticipated more than six months in advance. This shortage affects all industries using electronics,.

But it would be wrong to believe that factories producing PS5s are at a standstill – on the contrary! Sony still hopes to beat the score of the PlayStation 4, which had sold 14.9 million copies in its first year of life. But the volumes shipped are insufficient to meet consumer demand.

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