Since the global pandemic began, there have been ongoing supply shortages in the tech industry. On the video game front, companies like Microsoft have struggled to keep up with customer demand and scalpers haven’t helped, either.
Even after last year’s launch, the Xbox Series X is still hard to get hold of, and it’s no different if you’re interested in a PlayStation 5. While Microsoft and other companies like AMD previously mentioned how they were expecting shortages to continue in the near future, it seems production may take a little longer to return to normal than expected.
The Japanese company Toshiba has revealed to Bloomberg how it won’t be able to meet the demand for power-regulating chips for almost another year (and potentially right through to 2023) – impacting the automotive industry, consumer electronics and industrial industry.
Here’s what a director in charge of one of Toshiba’s semiconductors units had to say about it:
“The supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year… In some cases, we may find some customers not being fully served until 2023.”
Unsurprisingly, console hardware manufacturers are some of the most concerned about these issues, according to the same Toshiba employee:
“We consider which customer faces the most severe situation, such as the risk of the whole production line halting or the business getting obliterated without the supply of chips… Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and I’m sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have a 100% satisfaction.”
While this report isn’t directly tied to the Xbox Series X|S or its own production (Xbox isn’t mentioned at all by name), it nevertheless suggests that Microsoft and other tech manufacturers could be facing struggles to meet consumer demand for at least another year due to supply shortages.
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