Sony’s PlayStation boss promised more PS5 supplies as the year progressed, although gamers hoping to skip the hell restocking and manipulate dealer pricing may find themselves frustrated by the end of 2021. The PlayStation 5 shortfall has proven to be a bigger deal than the console The console itself, despite selling 4.5 million consoles in the last two months of 2020, demand still outstripped supply.
As Microsoft found out with its Xbox Series X supply chain problems, Sony’s challenge is the unexpected limitations of the semiconductor industry. The console maker finds itself in competition with customers looking to smartphone and silicone chips for automotive applications and more, as the pandemic-ridden industry struggles to keep up.
The result was a drop of console accessories where gamers would have preferred streaming. The restockings have been haphazard, as individual retailers have tried to balance their supplies through various routes from lotteries to virtual queues, but the only consistency appears to be speculators and robots. At the moment, according to Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, this will improve but not fix for some time in the future.
The good news is that it “will get better every month throughout 2021,” Ryan told FT. “You will gather the pace of improvement in the supply chain throughout the year, so by the time we get to the second half of You will see really good numbers. ”
The bad news, however, is that even as production increases, the supplies are not expected to meet the needs of the number of people who actually want to buy the PS5. Ryan couldn’t guarantee that everyone who wanted to get the next-generation console could get their year-end break. “There are very few magic wands to wave at,” he admitted.
Meanwhile, Sony is developing a new version of the PlayStation VR headset. The company has warned that it has been confirmed that a new virtual reality system in progress this morning will not be ready for 2021. This means that those who wish to use VR with their PS5 will have to stick to the original PlayStation VR, launched in 2016 for the device. PlayStation 4, which works with the new console via an adapter.
The specifications for the new version for the PS5 are still not available. However, Sony said it would remain a restrictive system – connected to the controller with a single cable for power and data – and pride itself on improvements in accuracy, field of view, and tracking. There will also be advances in virtual reality consoles, as alarmed the company.