Problems with the supply of game consoles may persist for some time. Toshiba warns that the worldwide shortage of chips that power regulators may continue into the next year. The corporation said it will not be able to meet demand for chips next year, possibly until the very end.
Takeshi Kamebuchi, director of semiconductors for one of the company’s divisions, told Bloomberg: “Chip shipments will remain very limited until at least September next year. In some cases, some customers will not be fully served until 2023 “…
The report specifically states that the shortage of chips will affect gaming consoles. Manufacturers call suppliers daily to make sure parts arrive on assembly lines as promised, according to an executive at one of the electronics assembly contractors.
Some console companies have told assemblers that they can redesign the PCBs to reduce the number of components needed. For example, Sony Interactive Entertainment has already released an updated PlayStation 5 model.
“Game console makers are among the most demanding customers and I am truly sorry to disappoint them as none of them received 100% satisfaction.”– added Kamebuti.
Console makers have been plagued by chip inventory shortages for over 18 months. Due to the pandemic, the main supply chains have been disrupted and the demand for gaming devices has increased significantly. In particular, it is still incredibly difficult to buy the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, as well as the new GeForce RTX graphics cards from NVIDIA and Radeon RX from AMD.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg statedthat due to the global shortage of semiconductors, the supply of game consoles will be severely limited until the end of the year.