Sony gives fans little hope regarding the availability of the PlayStation 5: the production planning for the coveted console is being scaled down.
Getting hold of a PlayStation 5 is still a matter of luck, because the console is completely sold out all the time.
So far, the company has sold 17.3 million consoles. Nevertheless, Sony cannot keep up with the replenishment and many fans still have to wait patiently for the chance to purchase a PS5.
Chip shortage as the main cause
Originally, Sony planned to produce 14.8 million PS5 consoles in 2022. However, according to a report by the Reuters news agency, this value has now been corrected downwards to 11.5 million copies.
The reason for this is said to be the ongoing shortage of chips. The global pandemic seems to be having a massive impact on production, which is why chipmakers are unable to fulfill their orders.
No rosy prospects
In a recent interview with CNBC, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger also announced bad news for the gaming community. According to the manager, the lack of chips will continue until 2023.
“Each quarter next year we’ll get incrementally better, but there won’t be a balance between supply and demand until 2023,” Gelsinger said. In addition to Sony, Nintendo, for example, is also struggling with the shortage.