People can expect the PlayStation 5 virtual queues to continue into 2022. After Sony discussed PlayStation sales results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 in late April 2021, the future of the system came up for discussion. To be specific, Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, said the shortage of PS5 components means it still won’t “be able to catch up with demand” by 2022. [Thanks, Bloomberg!]
Here’s Totoki’s full statement on the expected shortage of PS5 components and sales numbers in 2022, shared by Bloomberg.
I don’t think demand is slowing down this year, and even if we secure many more devices next year and produce many more copies of the PlayStation 5, our supply could not catch up with demand.
The shortage of PS5 chips is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been an ever-present problem in 2020 and 2021. This is mainly felt as the system is sold online at retailers. Sony even had to reduce production by about four million units due to the problems.
Even before Sony’s announcement, we felt the problems would persist. AMD’s CEO discussed the chip issue in January 2021. Dr. Lisa Su said there would be a problem until at least mid-2021.
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