Sony says PS5 supply is unlikely to improve this year

Sony says it is unlikely that the PlayStation 5 console supply will improve significantly this year, ending March 31, 2022.

In the latest financial results released Wednesday, the company reported that PS5 shipments were slightly higher than PS4 shipments over the same period (7.8 million vs. 7.6 million). Sony said its current goal for PS5’s second year is to exceed the 14.8 million PS4 consoles it manages.

However, Sony’s CFO said in an investor’s phone call following the result (transcription by VGC) that he did not expect the PS5 to completely solve the widely sold-out supply problem since its launch.

According to Hiroki Totoki, Sony is currently considering a variety of solutions to address the global shortage of hardware components, such as hardware design changes and secondary supplier procurement.

“As I said earlier, we are aiming for more sales volume than PS4. [during year 2].. But is it possible to significantly increase supply? No, I don’t think so, “he said.

“Semiconductor shortage is one factor, but there are other factors that affect production, so at this point, [beating] Second year sales of 14.8 million, the second year of PS4. “

Asked specifically about the shortage of semiconductors affecting all consumer electronics industries, from smartphones to cars, Totoki suggested that Sony has a way to deal with it.

“For example, finding secondary resources or changing the design could help,” said an executive.

“To [the Electronics Products & Solutions business] We were flexible and liked to adapt flexibly to the situation in 2021. “

Sony’s comments follow Microsoft’s warning at Microsoft’s earnings announcement this week, and the supply issue for the Xbox Series X / S is expected to continue in the coming months.

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