Since their release last November, the new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles have struggled to make themselves available to meet strong consumer demand. Despite a very good start and a PS5 which continues to panic counters, both consoles are affected by major inventory problems linked to the shortage of semiconductors.
Microsoft and Sony wanted to be reassuring by indicating that everything should be back to normal from this summer. In recent weeks, the discourse has changed a bit. PlayStation says the situation should remain delicate until the beginning of 2022. Today, it is the CEO of Intel, responsible for the manufacture of semiconductors who announces that the shortage could last “several years”.
No PS5 and Xbox Series X for a long time?
Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intel has spoken about the situation and semiconductors and there is nothing reassuring. According to the latter, the shortage should last several years, at the same time preventing the production of many devices in Tech, whether PCs or video game consoles.
Although the industry has taken steps to address the short-term constraints, it could still take a few years for the ecosystem to address the shortages of foundry capacity, substrates and components..
Pat Gelsinger, General Manager of Intel
The situation around the PS5 and Xbox Series X is therefore likely to get even worse over the months. The same goes for high-end graphics cards and the Nintendo Switch which could quickly get into trouble. According to the latest information, Nintendo plans to launch a new, more efficient model of its successful console at the end of the year. The Switch Pro could meet the same fate as the PS5 and Series X with major outages.
For its part, Sony does not intend to wait without doing anything. Many rumors from the corridors suggest that a “PS5 Slim” would be in preparation for the year 2022 with new semiconductors which are not out of order this time. Case to follow!