Despite a successful launch and launching into orbit, the launch of the PlayStation 5 did not take place without wiping out some wreckage. If the console continues to be off the shelves for too long, Sony could even take drastic action. Dramatic music.
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It is impossible to ignore it: Sony’s latest console suffers from a shortage that is now spreading over time, and with which gamers in a bit of a hurry must come to terms. If the difficulty in obtaining the beast does not weigh very heavily in the face of the challenges that the world is currently facing, some still do not sleep at night.
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And exceptional shortage, exceptional measures. At least, in theory: invited to speak at a telephone conference reserved for group investors, Sony Corp’s administrative and financial director Hiroki Totoki mentioned this ugly stone in the manufacturer’s shoe:
In the second year of the PS5 release, we hope to exceed the PS4 sales figures. But can we drastically increase production? It’s unlikely. The shortage of semiconductors is one of the problematic factors, but production is also impacted by other factors.
But fortunately for anguished players around the world, Totoki is not paid handsomely only to point out a situation which has been bogged down for several months. Sony is also far from being the only player affected by the phenomenon, since we recently told you about the disappointments of Nintendo, Nvidia and Apple in this area. Fortunately, the manufacturer is eyeing the measures indicated:
We could find a secondary vendor, or modify the console design to cope with it. We would like to find more flexibility for fiscal year 2021-2022.
Change the design to cope with the semiconductor shortage? That would be quite indiscriminate. If Microsoft took advantage of this new generation to split its offer in two, by offering consoles with very different characteristics, could the reality of production force Sony to adopt this strategy? As a prosecutor might inspire: no lead seems to be a map.
With a bit of luck, Joe Biden’s investigation will have already discovered that it was the butler who did the job, and with the candlestick on top of it.