Sony CFO Explains Scarce Supply On Semiconductors To Constrain Production For PlayStation 5

Posted on February 5, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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While many fans of both console platforms, primarily Xbox & PlayStation, continue to argue about the benefits of both systems for the start of a new console generation, there are somethings that does not remain to exclusive to either hardware. Although games and services is what divides both devices, both units share similarities in the terms of availability as the two are difficult to acquire virtually anywhere.

In that, both Microsoft alongside Sony cannot meet the demand of its consumer base prior to the release of their consoles and surely entering 2021 as well. And in actuality, that is anticipated to remain well until the halfway mark of this year. AMD CEO Lisa Su recently disclosed that it would be a handful of months until required silicon for consoles and even PCs can be replenished.

In particular for Sony’s PlayStation 5, the firm issued in a statement transcribed by Ars Technica that the supply on semiconductors is what withholds the company from manufacturing more systems efficiently enough.

It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components. We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5.

Hiroki Totoki, Sony Chief Financial Officer

Surprising enough is that the issue at hand for Sony happens to be an expertise that the firm is recognized for producing. In a statement from Microsoft in May 2019, it announced to be collaborating with Sony in providing its Azure cloud services in response for Sony to offer its own in-house components and silicon. But now, Sony faces a larger issue as the PlayStation 5 is expecting a slowdown in production for the next couple of months.

As per Sony’s latest earnings call, the PlayStation company issues that it aims to increase production with a projection to manufacture roughly 7.6 million units in the coming fiscal year. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you still trying to get yourself a PlayStation 5?

Source: Ars Technica

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