Gamers still waiting for a PlayStation 5 (PS5) console will be gutted to learn that Sony has forecasted a supply shortage for 2022.
PlayStation 5 console will still be hard to find in 2022
Despite a massive production halt, Sony announced in March 2021 that the PS5 the brand’s fastest-selling console in history, moving a total of 10 million units since its late 2020 release.
However, according to sources privy to the Tokyo-based tech giant’s production forecasts, the outlook for 2022 does not hold a lot of promise.
As reported by Bloomberg, Initial projections earmarked a total production of 16 million units for the next financial year, with a 92.5% sales goal.
Now it’s understood that Sony has sliced these unit projections by one million. This, of course, affects the overall outlook of the 14.8 million sales target for 2022.
“We’ve built more PlayStations faster than we ever have before which makes me happy. But on the other hand, we’re some time from being able to meet all the demand that’s out there, which makes me feel bad,” Sony CEO Jim Ryan revealed.
Sony details reasons for PS5 supply shortage
Central to Sony’s PS5 console woes is the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the tech giant’s CFO Hiroki Totoki, fluctuating surges in the spread of COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on the console’s components supply.
Moreover, a slump experienced by developing countries, where Sony’s production plants are situated, in their respective COVID-19 vaccine rollouts has made forecasting all the more difficult since, in some regions, supplies of microchips and PS5 parts have been affected.
Therefore, gamers are warned to expect difficulties in securing a PS5 console in 2022.