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News hardware & software 24 February 2021, 16:11

author: Paul Musiolik

No PS5 for Christmas, Stock Shortages to Last Until 2022

Problems with the purchase of PS5 may continue for several more months - until the beginning of 2022. The head of PlayStation, Jim Ryan, promises to improve this aspect, but is unable to promise that all willing to buy the console under the Christmas tree this year will be able to do so.

  1. PS5's availability issues will continue for months;
  2. PlayStation's Jim Ryan has admitted that we'll see improvements, but he's not promising that we'll be able to buy the console on Holidays without a problem.

Problems with stock availability of PS5 may last until 2022. These are the conclusions to be drawn from the interview that the head of the PlayStation franchise - Jim Ryan - gave to GQ. The long conversation touched on many topics, a summary of which we provided in earlier message.

What interests us the most in this case is the availability of PlayStation 5, which, despite a minor improvement in recent weeks, still leaves much to be desired. Jim Ryan assures that with each passing month it will be easier to buy a PS5, but he cannot promise that everyone willing to buy one will be able to do so this year without any issues.

"We’re working as we always have, but with renewed vigor and energy post-Christmas to get supply up, it will increase as each month passes. And the situation will start to get better hopefully quite quickly. We have been relentless in terms of trying to increase production and I really can’t say any more than that."

Jim Ryan also added that Sony, despite its best intentions, doesn't have much leeway or ability to influence component supply. Which, given the huge crisis in the semiconductor market, should not surprise anyone. Ben Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, predicts that a visible improvement will occur only in 2022.

The problems are also mentioned by Tom's Hardware, which cites other analysts as saying that production capacity is 30% lower than market demand and it will take up to three (or even four) quarters for the entire hardware market to slowly return to normal condition. We're not just talking about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, but also Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 and AMD Radeon RX 6000, which could be problematic to buy even in early 2022.

Considering that the head of the PlayStation franchise has once again stressed that the company still plans to sell more than 14.9 million PS5 consoles, Sony faces a real challenge and a battle for components not only with Microsoft and hardware manufacturers but also the medical and automotive markets, which are also suffering greatly.

  1. PS5 Review - A Promise of a Better Tomorrow
  2. PlayStation 5 - official website

Paul Musiolik

Paul Musiolik

Started writing about games on the SquareZone website. Later, he wrote and managed the non-existent, and currently runs his own blog about games. He hasn't yet written a text that he would be 100% satisfied with. He started his adventure with games at the age of 3, when he managed to convince his father to buy a C64 computer. The love for electronic entertainment awakened by Flimbo's Quest blossomed during the first adventures with Heroes of Might & Magic, reaching its peak after purchasing the first PlayStation. As he grew older, he had more encounters with Nintendo portable consoles, and also returned to the PC as an additional gaming platform. He collects games and is a fan of emulation.