It’s been almost six months since the PlayStation 5 was released in November 2020, and it’s still experiencing a severe inventory shortage. Sony has contacted suppliers for comment.
Sony’s next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 5, has debuted in recent months, but there is still a huge shortage of stock. Sony has also expressed its desire for suppliers to increase production.
Looking at each generation transition, we know that it’s hard to find a next-generation PlayStation in the first few months, but this is the first time in its history that PlayStation is experiencing such a huge inventory shortage. Of course, we can say that high demand is effective in this difficulty, but this is not the main reason. The main reason the PlayStation 5 is short of stock is the shortage of semiconductors caused by Covid-19. This is a problem not only on the PlayStation 5 but in almost all technological products.
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, recently spoke about stock shortages in an interview with Nikkei. “During the Covid-19 pandemic, the supply was complicated and difficult. We also had to limit distribution to online shopping. Supply and demand for semiconductors are also tight worldwide. We asked our suppliers to increase PlayStation 5 production.”
Jim Ryan added that if there is an increase in PlayStation 5 production following Jim Ryan’s announcement, it will be reflected in the market this year. They had previously said that this trouble would continue until the first half of 2021. But all the companies now think the problem could get worse.