In less than a month, the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S will celebrate their first anniversaries, but console restockings remain limited to online drops and very rare in-store availability. And it looks like this situation will last until next year.
Anyone planning to upgrade to a next-gen console has likely heard of the current semiconductor shortage. The releases of new PS5 and Xbox Series X / S consoles have driven up demand, but manufacturers are unable to keep up. AMD, the chipmaking company that produces the base parts for both consoles, doesn’t expect any significant changes until mid-2022.
This year, only a few large retailers in the United States were able to offer consoles in-store in very limited quantities. In an interview with CNBC AMD CEO Lisa Su said on Monday that semiconductor supplies are expected to be more available in the second half of 2022. store or department store to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X without any an impossible task ”, Su said.
The timeline provided by the CEO of AMD matches what Toshiba said earlier this year. Toshiba Director Takeshi Kamebuchi said Bloomberg that console makers were among the hardest hit by the semiconductor shortage. “The supply of chips will remain very limited until at least September next year,” Kamebuchi said. During this time,
Su added that the manufacturing industry is not new to seeing a mismatch between supply and demand. But the demand attributed to the pandemic was “different.” Xbox chief Phil Spencer also recently address the current Xbox Series X / S shortage, claiming that the most disappointing aspect is that fans are disappointed that they cannot get the new consoles.
Gaming fans should always be on the lookout for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S restocking updates online to find an available console. In September, Best Buy made consoles available in stores for the first time. A little after, GameStop also reportedly had limited units of PS5 packs in some locations.