Sony expects the shortage of new PlayStation 5 game console to persist for months due to a global shortage of semiconductors. Sony CEO Jim Ryan told the Financial Times he expects deliveries to improve “to reasonable numbers” only in the second half of this year.
He cannot guarantee that there are enough consoles will be available in the coming Christmas period. “It will get a little better every month,” said Ryan. “Production speed will increase throughout the year, so we expect reasonable numbers in the second half of 2021.”
Delivery problems since the beginning
Manufacturer Sony hoped to sell more new game computers in the first year than the predecessor, the PlayStation 4, in the first year. Almost 15 million of them were sold. PlayStation 5 consoles sold more than 4.5 million copies in November and December last year. Interest in the new console was much greater, but due to delivery problems, Sony was unable to meet the demand.
The demand for game computers is high due to the corona pandemic. Many people are at home and gaming is seen as a good pastime. Competitor Nintendo sold about 26 million copies of the Switch last year. Microsoft also released a new console, the Xbox Series X / S. 2.8 million of these were sold in November and December.
The global chip shortage does not only affect Sony. The corona pandemic has increased the demand for electronics. The car industry is particularly affected by the shortage. But smartphone manufacturers are also suffering from the high demand for chips.