A few days ago, we warned you that the PS5 would not be available anytime soon, and these words came from Sony directly. Today we saw a brand new report that tells us more about the current crisis, and on our chances to get consoles in 2021.
A hopeless new report
A report, published by the Bloomberg website (specialized in digital issues), is enough to despair those who wait their PS5 impatiently. Sony Corp. indeed stated, about a week ago, that the company may not be able to fully meet demand regarding the PS5 during the year 2021, due to various production issues. Neil Mawston, Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said about it:
The Coronavirus pandemic, social distancing in factories, and increasing competition from tablets, laptops and electric cars are causing some of the most difficult conditions that the company has never known for sourcing components.
Which components are the most difficult to obtain? Well this is electronic chips (or semiconductor devices). PC makers were among the first to hint at an impending crisis in the spring of 2020, and this warning was echoed last Wednesday by the Lenovo group. At the heart of the international crisis is notably Taiwan and its largest corporation, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). It is the most important foundry in semiconductor independent. It supplies chips to very large companies, and is also completely outdated. by demand.
Neil Mawston gave some factors that could explain this crisis, but we can also cite, with the current pandemic, the fact that many people have invested more in their interior. The stay-at-home era has indeed boosted sales of household appliances, expensive televisions, air purifiers, and many other products that are now available. all equipped with smart and personalized chips. Will Bright, co-founder and product manager at the company Drop (which uses custom chips for headphones and keyboards), said:
A race to chip storage has now settled down.
For about a year, manufacturers of cars and game consoles (like Nintendo Co., Sony and Microsoft) have a hard time produce enough consoles. According to some sources, chipmakers would, on top of that, prioritize more lucrative consumer electronics products, such as smartphones.
PS5 accessible to everyone, when is it due?
At present, no one knows exactly when production will catch up with demand. A growing number of industry observers, however, remain pessimistic on the subject, and do not believe that a solution will be found in the short term. According to Mario Morales, analyst at IDC:
It is only at second semestre that we will see a first relief for some of these markets.
It is in any case impossible, for the moment, sufficiently increase the production rate to meet demand, the latter being gargantuan, what is more. For the most pessimistic, we would have to wait the end of year celebrations 2021 for a chance to see PS5s available in large numbers. Before that, it will be necessary to be lucky, and keep abreast of all the small restocks that will be done from time to time, if we want to have a chance to acquire one.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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