PS5 Stock Shortages ‘Unlikely’ To Improve By Much This Year, Says Sony

It’s bad news for console gamers as Sony has claimed that PS5 stock supplies are unlikely to drastically improve this year [via VGC].

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During a recent financial investor call, Sony stated it does not expect any drastic improvements during the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31st, 2022.

Hiroki Totoki, the Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications at Sony, said when speaking of the current stock of issues of the PS5: “As I said earlier, we’re aiming for more sales volume than the PS4 [during year 2]. But can we drastically increase the supply? No, that’s not likely,

However, Sony may attempt to improve the stock supplies of the PS5 by potentially changing the hardware components of the console. 

A close up of the PlayStation logo on the PS5
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The shortage of hardware components has been one of the contributing factors explaining why the PS5 console is not being manufactured as quickly as Sony would have liked.

The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact on the production volume,” said Totoki.  “So, at present, we’d like to aim at [beating] second year sales of 14.8 million, which was the second year of PS4.

When speaking specifically on the subject of the semiconductor shortage, Totoki added: “For example, we could find maybe a secondary resource, or by changing the design we could cope,

An image of both versions of the PlayStation 5, with two DualSense controllers
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In [the Electronics Products & Solutions business] we took a flexible manoeuvre and in FY2021 we liked to flexibly adapt to the situation.

In the same investors’ call, it was also revealed that the PS5 has shipped more consoles than the PS4 during the same time period despite the stock shortages. During the same time period of launch, the PS5 has shipped 7.8 million consoles, while the PS4 has shipped 7.6 million.

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