Toshiba has said that key power-regulating chips will remain scarce until at least the end of next year, affecting consoles and more.
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are coming up to their one year anniversary in a few months and still neither of them are easy to get hold of. They are easier BLOCK to obtain than during their first few months but that process still involves catching websites at just the right time or paying over the odds on eBay.
Unfortunately, the situation isn’t likely to change any time soon, with Toshiba warning that it won’t be able to meet demand for at least another year, affecting not just consoles but also PC cards and everything from cars to industrial machinery.
‘The supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year,’ Toshiba’s Takeshi Kamebuchi told Bloomberg. ‘In some cases, we may find some customers not being fully served until 2023.’
The news is not a particular surprise as Sony has already warned that the PlayStation 5 will continue to have stock problems well into next year, with Microsoft warning their shortages will last until at least April.
Intel has also cautioned that problems will continue for many months to come, thanks to material shortages and the pandemic creating a huge backlog.
Consoles are mentioned in the report but for Toshiba and others the current priority is the car industry, even as they have daily updates with console manufacturers such as Sony and Nintendo.
‘We consider which customer faces the most severe situation, such as the risk of the whole production line halting or the business getting obliterated without the supply of chips,’ said Kamebuchi.
‘Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and I’m sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have a 100% satisfaction.’
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