Why are the PS5s always sold out? When you can expect to find one
Gamers who religiously seek out the elusive console often find that restockings sell out within minutes, and even those with some of the best methods of alerting sales arrive empty-handed.
This is mainly due to the continuing shortage of semiconductors. This chip is used in the manufacture of the PS5, and there has been a global shortage, affecting industries ranging from video games to medical equipment.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like these shortages are improving anytime soon, and according to Tom’s Guide, it will be difficult to find a PS5 until 2022.
“I don’t think demand will calm down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce a lot more PlayStation 5 units next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with the demand.” Sony Group CFO Hiroki Totoki is said to have said in a private briefing, by Bloomberg.
Tom’s Guide reports that Sony has considered modifying the design of the PS5 to address the shortage, although it is currently unclear whether it will decide to go ahead with a different design.
“We are aiming for more sales volume than the PS4 [in its second year]. But can we drastically increase the offer? No, that’s not likely, “Hiroki said of the second year sales of the PS5, per VGC. “The semiconductor shortage is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact the volume of production.”