PS5 shortages set to continue due to global chip shortage, Sony warns | Scientific and technical news

According to Sony, the shortage of PlayStation 5 consoles is set to continue, with many consumers being deprived of the company’s latest gaming hardware.

Sony hailed the PS5 as its fastest console to reach 10 million sales last July, but supply issues mean it has now sold fewer units than the PS4 had at the same time since launch.

Console hardware is being sold at a loss, with Sony ultimately recouping the cost through games, subscriptions and peripheral sales, meaning supply issues have led to a 12% increase in operating profits for the console. ‘business.

What’s the problem?

The underlying supply problem is a worldwide shortage of computer chips, but the shortage at the retail level has been compounded for consumers by resellers who bulk order items as soon as they are available to consumers. resell for profit.

Since console units purchased by scalpers are not immediately played, they then potentially exacerbate the loss manufacturers make on the hardware.

However, it is not possible to identify this impact from Sony’s financial reports, as the company does not separate game software sales between PS4 and PS5.

Inside a full-time scalping operation keeping consoles off the shelves

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Scalpers buy in-demand items at the retail level to resell them at an inflated price. Photo: Jack Bayliss

Sony shipped 3.9 million consoles over Christmas, which means around 17.3 million units were sold in total. The PS4 had sold around 20.2 million units after the same period after its launch in November 2013.

Due to the lack of game and peripheral sales, Sony has revised down a previous forecast for total sales due to an expected decrease in the number of PS5 units it was shipping.

Sony’s latest figures come after its announcement $3.6 billion deal to buy Bungiethe famed developer behind titles like Destiny and the original Halo games.

Just a week ago, Microsoft’s own deal buys Activision-Blizzard for almost 70 billion dollars was revealed as the Xbox maker dealt a potential blow to its main rival.

It’s been suggested that the deal could see future Activision titles skip PlayStation consoles.

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Call Of Duty is a success on PlayStation and Xbox. Photo: Activision

Is anything done to combat scalping?

Last year, Sky News reported that there were growing calls for the government to intervene as some families faced a second Christmas without being able to buy a games console unless they paid a “grossly inflated” price.

MP Douglas Chapman called for the practice to be banned in the same way as ticket sales and received support from colleagues across the House of Commons.

Mr Chapman has written to Nadine Dorries, the digital secretary, asking the government to reconsider a ban on the use of automated robots to wholesale buy goods for resale.

At the time, a government spokesman said he was speaking with trade associations to ensure consumers were protected from bulk purchases, similar to the ban on robo-buys for events. paying.

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