If you’ve been in the market for a PlayStation 5, then you’re no doubt aware of how difficult it’s been to acquire the elusive console while supplies last. Unfortunately, it’s apparently about to become even more difficult to obtain a PlayStation 5 according to a report from Bloomberg.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, there’s been a global shortage of semiconductor chips which are used for the production of consoles, vehicles, phones, televisions and many other electronic devices. As one might expect, production of these semiconductor chips has been made difficult as a direct result of COVID-19.
Toshiba Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., companies involved in the chipmaking process, have warned that the situation is unlikely to normalize going into 2022.
Although no official statement has been released Sony about this, anonymous sources have told Bloomberg that Sony is looking to cut production of the PlayStation 5 by about a million units.
Sony originally intended to produce about 16 million units of the new console by March 2022, but that number has been reduced to 15 million. Because of this, it’s looking like Sony’s sales goal of 14.8 million by March 2022 is unlikely to happen.
Though the PlayStation 5 had broken the record for the fastest selling console by moving 10 million units from November 2020 to July 2021, its sales have since lagged behind the rate set by the PlayStation 4 due to assembly complications related to the semiconductor chip shortage.
The elusiveness of the PlayStation 5 has made it difficult for games on the console to make an impact on Japanese sales charts. Instead, these Japanese sales charts are being dominated by games on the Nintendo Switch, a console released several years before COVID-19.
Instead of purchasing games for the Sony hardware, many consumers have instead been opting to get games for the PC if they aren’t exclusive Sony IPs.
Other companies are also taking a hit in similar ways due to the semiconductor chip shortage. For example, we recently heard how the release of the Steam Deck is being delayed until early 2022 as a direct result of the shortage.
As far as fighting game enthusiasts are concerned, it will probably be a good long while before a fighting game exclusive to this latest generation of consoles is released.
Since PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles have become so rare due to assembly complications, it’s probably in the best interests of developers to also keep the fighting games compatible with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.