The PlayStation 5’s (And Xbox Series’) Shortage Will Continue This Year

Don’t get your hopes up: Sony itself blatantly claims that it’s unlikely to see the lack of stocks get resolved in 2021, and because of that, Microsoft might be in the same situation.

VGC has published the transcription of the financial earnings call, where Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s chief financial officer, said the following: „As I said earlier, we’re aiming for more sales volume [for the PlayStation 5] than the PlayStation 4 [during year 2]. But can we drastically increase the supply? No, that’s not likely. The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but other factors will impact 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 [the] PlayStation 4.”

A short explanation: the second year here means the second fiscal year. Which, in the PlayStation 4’s case, was from April 2014 to March 2015. For the PlayStation 5, it’s Apr 21 – Mar 22. Seeing how the PS5 nearly hit eight million from its launch until the end of March (we discussed this in detail before), it could happen. However, Totoki hinted that if the semiconductors continue to have shortages, they might change the PlayStation 5’s design. Also, Microsoft has pushed out its „shortage window” by another quarter year, so they don’t expect to fix the problem by the end of June. They might be a little too optimistic here!

Sony announced on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter (which is banned there) that the PlayStation 5 will launch in China on May 15. The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will cost 3099 yuan (479 USD), while the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition‘s price tag is 3899 RMB (603 USD). The DualSense will cost 529 RMB (82 USD), its charge dock will be 229 RMB (35 USD), the Pulse 3D headset is 749 RMB (116 USD), and the HD Camera’s price is 449 RMB (70 USD).

The PlayStation Plus Collection for the Chinese players will be significantly different. It will include the following games: Final Fantasy XV, Gravity Rush 2, Hardcore Mecha, Helldivers: Dive Harder Edition, Horizon Zero Dawn / Horizon Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds, Journey, The Last Guardian, LittleBigPlanet 3, Loco Roco Remastered, Ratchet & Clank, Tearaway, WipEout Omega Collection. For the launch window, games such as Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Genshin Impact are planned (and to be officially sold in the country, the Chinese censors have to approve the titles).

But they will also face shortages…

Source: WCCFTech, Gematsu

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