The global shortage of circuits is increasingly affecting products far beyond what is traditionally considered consumer electronics. Although it has only recently begun to receive attention outside of enthusiasm, the shortage has remained stark since the fall of 2020, which is at least noticeable with the launch of new processors, graphics cards and game consoles.
Regarding Sony’s quarterly report, the company says that sales of the PlayStation 5, despite the shortfall, exceeded that of the PlayStation 4 during the corresponding period. Despite the fact that the gaming console is seen as nearly impossible to obtain, it has sold 7.8 million copies, compared to 7.6 million of the previous generation during the same time period.
As I said earlier, we’re aiming for a bigger sales volume than the PS4 [during year 2]. But can we greatly increase the supply? No, it is not likely
Playstation 5 unavailability and sales suggest demand far exceeds Playstation 4, and those hoping for relief are likely to be disappointed. Sony’s CFO tells investors the goal is for the Playstation 5 to continue to outperform Playstation 4 in sales, with the caveat that Sony does not have the ability to “significantly” increase availability.
Financially, Sony ended its financial years beginning on April 1st. During Playstation 4’s second fiscal year, the gaming console sold 14.8 million copies and this is the number the company wants to surpass with Playstation 5 during the period from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.
The fact that store shelves are empty is partly due to the current shortage of circuits, but also because the supply of other components remains slow in the waves of the world that were interrupted in Spring 2020. Exactly how they will be able to solve these pieces remains unclear. They can turn to other vendors and “change the design” of the games console. This may refer to internal electronics, not outward appearance.
Source: Chronicle Video Games
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