Sony PlayStation 5 supply shortage will continue until next year


PlayStation 5

Sony Group told analysts that PlayStation 5 will still be in short supply by 2022. This means that the sales target of Sony’s latest game console will remain limited. When Sony released its financial report in late April, it said that since its launch last year, Sony PlayStation 5 has sold 7.8 million units as of March 31. The company also said that it plans to sell at least 14.8 million units in the current fiscal year.

Sony PlayStation 5

In addition, as of the end of 2020, the company’s record shows that it has shipped 4.5 million PS5 units worldwide. This means that from January to March 2021, Sony PS5 shipped 3.3 million units.

Sony told analysts at a press conference after the earnings report that keeping up with strong demand is a challenge. Since its release in November last year, it has been really difficult to keep its inventory. This is partly because of the shortage of parts such as semiconductors.

Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, Hiroki Totoki, said in a briefing: “I don’t think demand has stabilized this year. Even if we get more equipment and produce more PlayStation 5 next year, our supply will not be able to keep up with demand”. At present, Sony has not yet given an official expected time for supply to return to normal. 

Sony PS5 Hardware Specs

The Sony PlayStation 5 series has two versions – the optical drive and digital version. They come with AMD’s custom 8-core Zen 2 CPU 3.5GHz (supports frequency conversion). The graphics card is AMD’s custom GPU with RDNA2 architecture. The frequency is up to 2.23GHz, supports 10.28 trillion floating-point operations per second, supports 120Hz/8K output, 3D sound effects, etc., In addition, this console is directly backward compatible with PS4 games. PlayStation CEO, Jim Ryan, confirmed that 99% of PS4 games are playable on PS5. This device comes with 16GB GDDR6 of RAM. The memory bandwidth stands at 448GB/s and the internal storage sits at 825GB. However, the available storage for users is about 650GB.

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For the official retailers, all PS5 units will have a warranty for a period of 12 months. This means that users will get a new unit if anything goes wrong within one year. However, there are terms and conditions to this warranty. In addition, its accessories like the DualSense controllers do not have any warranty.

If you are hoping to purchase the Sony PlayStation 5, it might not be an easy task. Potential buyers will have to be patient because this console is currently in short supply.

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