Just because everyone agrees on a subject doesn’t mean you have to refrain from giving your opinion. And no, it will not be a question here of the new conviction of a former head of state, but of the shortage of components which affects the entire industry.
The players most in a hurry to get one or the other next-gen console know it all too well: their success coupled with a global shortage of components (and more specifically of processors) has since ended. of the year 2020 of constant ruptures, so much so that neither Sony nor Microsoft are currently able to offer their new consoles on the shelves, which are snapped up as soon as they are available.
On the Razor Phil
Last spring, Sony Financial Holdings CFO Hiroki Totoki already said that the shortage was likely to persist over time, even if it means continuing into 2022. Today, the famous head of the Xbox branch Phil Spencer abounds in the same meaning, and is even a tad more pessimistic than its competitor:
“I think this is a problem that should probably not be seen in too isolated a way, just as a simple chip problem. When I think about all that needs to be done these days to get the parts needed to build a console and then get it to marketplaces, there are several sticking points in this process. I regret that this will go on for months and months, certainly until the end of this calendar year, and even until the next. “
While all players in the gaming industry suffer from the same problem, Spencer knows full well that this shortage can cost Microsoft points, and that not all players will necessarily postpone their purchase:
People really want to get this new generation of consoles: whether it’s ours or the competition, they’re good machines. We’re working hard to bring them to market, but we’re still going to have to deal with this sourcing challenge for quite a while.
Unsurprisingly, those who hoped to eventually fall back on an Xbox Series X failing to find an available PlayStation 5 will be at their expense, waiting (perhaps) for better days …