No end in sight for console shortages
Looks like console stock shortages are here to stay, at least according to a Bloomberg report suggesting that high semiconductor demand will likely lead to chronic shortages throughout 2021.
The major bottlenecks are the TSMC and Samsung microchip foundries, who lead the industry in terms of manufacturing process and capacity. TSMC produces the CPUs and GPUs for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and Sony and Microsoft are “bracing for supply to get worse before it gets better in 2021, potentially even affecting the next holiday season.”
Broken supply: Both Microsoft and Sony have struggled to meet demand after their launch supply flew off the shelves, even though Sony increased their production order after demand proved greater than expected. High-end electronics manufacturing is reeling from supply chain disruption due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Backlog blues: Back orders snatch up all available supply and production capacity, and shipping commands a premium. Asian manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the huge demand for semiconductors, so don't expect to see next-generation consoles, GPUs or CPUs in stock any time soon. Nintendo will probably laugh all the way to the bank this year too.