Sony doesn’t expect PS5 supply to keep up with demand anytime soon

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Sony has warned investors that it expects PlayStation 5 supply to fall well short of demand throughout the year and into 2022.

According to Bloomberg:

While reporting financial results in late April, the Japanese conglomerate said it had sold 7.8 million units of the console through March 31, and it is aiming to sell at least 14.8 million units in the current fiscal year. That would keep it on pace to match the trajectory of the popular PlayStation 4, which has sold in excess of 115.9 million units to date.

In a briefing after those results, Sony told analysts it is challenging to keep up with strong demand. The PS5 has been difficult to find in stock since its release in November, in part because of shortages in components such as semiconductors, and the company hasn’t given an official estimate for when it expects supply to normalize.

“I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said at the briefing, according to several people who attended and asked not to be named as it wasn’t public.

My Take

If you managed to find a PS5, consider yourself lucky. The short supply is not going away anytime soon, particularly with the ongoing semiconductor shortage that is impacting the production of everything from game consoles to automobiles.

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