Sony is apparently redesigning the PS5 in response to the ongoing semi-conductor shortage [via VGC].
According to the Taiwanese business website DigiTimes, the revised PS5 hardware will enter production in 2022. The upcoming changes relate to the console’s processor, which is to be changed to a “new semi-customized” AMD CPU.
Before you get too excited, the console won’t be given any sort of external makeover as part of the revision, so you’ll need to wait a little longer for a PS5 Slim.
Sony has previously stated that PS5 availability will increase as the year progresses. However, the company’s decision to revise the hardware tells a different story.
Addressing the situation, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki stated that the company was looking at hardware changes and alternative suppliers as a solution to production problems. Totoki also claimed that semi-conductors aren’t the only issue at hand when it comes to manufacturing consoles:
“The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact on the production volume. So, at present, we’d like to aim at [beating] second year sales of 14.8 million, which was the second year of PS4.”
Despite releasing back in November 2020, the PlayStation 5 is still primarily considered to be out of stock. While retailers have managed to snag some stock randomly throughout the year, supplies of the console are consistently depleted.
That being said, the console is available through various resellers, who managed to grab consoles using reseller groups and auto-ordering bots.
Hopefully, Sony will find a solution to the PlayStation 5’s production issues. However, whether or not resellers will also swallow up future console supplies remains to be seen. While retailers have been introducing measures to combat unfair consumer tactics, shops may have to up their game once more PS5 stock enters the market.
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