AMD‘s CEO has had a pretty rough comment about the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X, and the Xbox Series S – you might not find a new unit easily lying around in a store near you for the next five months.
VGC reported about what Lisa Su, AMD’s CEO said. Remember, AMD is responsible for the APU of the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X, and the Xbox Series S (APU = the CPU and the GPU on the same die). Su said the following during AMD’s Q4 2020 financial earnings report:
„It’s fair to say that the overall demand exceeded our planning and as a result, we did have some supply constraints as we ended the year. Those were primarily, I would say, in the PC market, the low end of the PC market and in the gaming markets. That being said, I think we’re getting great support from our manufacturing partners. The industry does need to increase the overall capacity levels and so we do see some tightness through the first half of the year, but there is added capacity in the second half,” Su said.
It falls in line what Microsoft said: they don’t expect the supply of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S to meet demand until at least April. Sony didn’t officially comment on the situation yet, but since they will have their earnings call next week (revealing how many PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 units have been sold), they will have to address the elephant in the room.
The coronavirus global pandemic has made the already tight situation even worse. The new consoles always start with a lot of demand, and the pandemic has tightened the already bad supply chains. The gaming industry is thriving, and so do the scalpers.