The launch of the new generation of consoles and PC components has been a cause of joy for gamers, provided they could actually get their hands on the stuff. A worldwide shortage in a variety of components has continued for some time. This has led to a variety of different industries having to grapple with lowered output and increased prices. In many cases, these problems resulted in massively inflated prices for the consumers too. And it applies for big consoles like the PlayStation 5, as well as other products. Bad news incoming for those hoping for relief, as the issue will last for months.
For console gamers, the PlayStation 5 has been nearly impossible to find. According to Bloomberg, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said that the issues will persist for some time. As Sony is beholden to AMD and other partners for the APUs and other materials, they have to wait just like all the consumers do. And a big part of the problem is the increasing demand for consoles, both due to the pandemic leaving people at home, and the increased interest in more attractive gaming.
“I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” Totoki said to an analyst.
On the PC side of things, GPUs and high-end power supplies have both been in very short supply thanks to the cryptocurrency mining boom. And with Nvidia expecting the shortage of GPUs to last throughout 2021, a lot of gamers are out of patience. Despite the efforts of chipmakers like TSMC to ramp up production, things still appear pretty dire.
It’s going to be pretty hard to even find a GPU at MSRP in 2021, and Nvidia suspects that the issue will last until 2022 or later. So with the PlayStation 5 looking pretty hard to get your hands on, you may just have to sit on them and wait until things get better. Because honestly, fighting an army of scalper bots right now is a losing fight. That also goes for other consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X as well.
And it will take years for the companies making these products to online new production. US President Joe Biden has outlined a massive $2 trillion infrastructure package, including a $50 million outlay towards kickstarting more semiconductor manufacturing in the US. That will take years to see fruit, if the package passes.