It’s been almost a year since the release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. The hot topic of this generation is not the games you can play on new hardware, but how difficult it is to get your games on the console. . According to an executive from Sony and Microsoft’s game console chip supplier AMD, the drought is not over yet. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Since the most recent CNBC ArticleAMD CEO Lisa Su described component supply in early 2022 as “may be tight.” Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased demand has led to shortages. As companies and consumers transition to home workplaces, the parts that manufacturers use to make devices such as laptops and desktop computers are quickly purchased, and companies like AMD are still catching up with demand. As labor moves to the home, isolation restrictions have also led to demand for entertainment, and products such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC graphics cards have further intensified the demand. “The pandemic has just raised demand to a new level,” Su said in CNBC’s story.
Although the supply of these components looks scarce in the next six to eight months or so, AMD’s investment in new manufacturing facilities will soon begin to bear fruit. “You know, it can take 18 to 24 months to install new factories, and in some cases even longer,” Su said of the timetable for getting these new factories up and running. “These investments may have started a year ago.” AMD’s investment is to establish other manufacturers to produce its products. It outsources because the company does not own the production facilities.
Those who are looking for a new PlayStation 5 or Xbox series console are still likely to have a chance to find one this year, but the availability will be obviously insufficient. If you are willing to wait, then the second half of 2022 will be the time when we see a significant jump in available technologies across the board.