Do you dream of a day when you easily log into Amazon or walk into a store and buy a PlayStation 5? Don’t hold your breath. Sony has already sold nearly 8 million PS5s, but demand still outstrips supply, and sadly, it doesn’t sound like that will change anytime soon. During Sony’s most recent earnings call, CFO Hiroki Totoki warned that PS5 shortages will be a fact of life for a while, though they are still hoping for an improvement on what the PS4 did in its second year in the market (thanks to Video Games Chronicle for the transcription).
As I said before, we are aiming for more sales volume than the PS4 [during year 2]. But can we drastically increase the supply? No, it is not likely. The shortage of semiconductors is a factor, but there are other factors that influence production volume. So right now we want to aim for [beating] second annual turnover of 14.8 million euros, the second year of PS4.
Interestingly, Totoki hinted that if the global semiconductor shortage continues, Sony might consider “changing the design” of the PS5 to get more units on the shelves. I’m not sure what those design changes could be as the current chip and component shortages are pretty big, but I think we’ll see.
Meanwhile, Microsoft, which previously said deliveries of the Xbox Series X and S will be limited to April 2021, now says their new consoles will. likely to be scarce in the fourth quarter of their 2021 fiscal year, which ends on June 30. So it won’t be easy for a while to get a next generation console whether you’re a Sony or Microsoft fan.
How about you guys? Have you had success locking a PS5 or Xbox Series X? Do you like to wait or do you get frustrated by the tight stock?
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