Playstation 5 – PS5 customers dealt worrying blow over stock levels in UK
PlayStation 5 fans have been warned a global shortage of consoles will run throughout the entirety of 2021.
The console dropped in November, having taken pre-orders to Sony from September last year.
But ever since the PS5 launch and it initially hit UK retailers, the console has been in short supply.
Eager fans have been clamouring to get their hands on one – but retailers have been selling out far too quickly with demand unprecedented.
Now, Sony’s gaming chief has told customers it will be able to produce “decent numbers” of the console in the final six months of 2021.
Jim Ryan, president and chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said he expected the continuing PS5 supply limitations to “ease incrementally throughout 2021”.
But, somewhat worryingly for customers, Mr Ryan yesterday refused to guarantee that there would be enough to meet demand by next Christmas.
“It will get better every month throughout 2021,” he said.
“The pace of the improvement in the supply chain will gather throughout the course of the year, so by the time we get to the second half of , you’re going to be seeing really decent numbers indeed.
“There are very few magic wands that can be waved.”
Ben Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies, told the Financial Times that the semiconductor slowdown will linger into 2022.
“For them to catch up, demand has to slow down,” he said. “I don’t see any end in sight.”
Scalping has also been a huge issue for customers – with many demanding the process be banned.