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Looks Like The PS5 Chip Shortage Is Going To Last At Least Another Year

Looks Like The PS5 Chip Shortage Is Going To Last At Least Another Year

But Sony still aims to match the PlayStation 4's success

Imogen Mellor

Imogen Mellor

Though Sony wants you to have a PlayStation 5, and gamers want to buy them there is just a little problem. A massive shortage of microchips has been irking technology production around the world and it's affecting the speed at which all sorts of items can be built, including the PS5. And although companies are certainly trying to alleviate this issue (they like money you know), the shortages are likely to last at least another year.

A report from Bloomberg investigates the shortage of semiconductors in the tech industry, as Toshiba warns consumers and companies that the lack of supply with continue for another year at least. Although it has long term plans to up the output of semiconductors in the future, these plans will take time to execute.

Takeshi Kamebuchi who is a director in charge of semiconductors at part of Toshiba, says, "The supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year. In some cases, we may find some customers not being fully served until 2023."

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Toshiba is currently investing 60 billion yen ($545 million/£393 million) into maximising their production of semiconductors. This is the three-year plan which will hopefully be of benefit to the company although there are concerns that most of the demand for tech will drop after people adapt to post-pandemic life.

The Bloomberg report notes that companies like Sony are the most affected, as you may well know how difficult it is to get your hands on PlayStation 5s at the moment. Though Sony believes that it will sell more than 14.8 million units of the PlayStation 5 this fiscal year it hasn't quite matched the pace of the PlayStation 4's success yet. It's not only Sony struggling, however, as Nintendo has fallen behind in Switch production too. Hopefully, by next year we'll be seeing the effects of the increased focus from companies like Toshiba in the availability of the tech we want to buy.

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Topics: PlayStation