Semiconductor shortages plague Microsoft and Apple too
Jim Ryan - Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO - has told Nikkei that PlayStation is trying their best to increase PS5 supply.
The issues lie solely on the production of semiconductors used in the console, which have had their production output drastically cut due to Covid-19 and the U.S-China trade war started by the Trump administration.
Speaking to Nikkei, Ryan said: "There are several reasons why PS5 was hard to come by. Supply under the new coronavirus was very complicated, and we had to limit distribution to online. The supply and demand for semiconductors is also tight worldwide. We are asking our suppliers to allow us to increase production, which will flow into the market this year.”
The semiconductor Trade Association stated in December that chip sales would grow 8.4% for last year, reaching a total of $433B USD.
Both Apple and Microsoft are also facing the same issues, struggling to keep up to buyer demand.