The PS5 might have to be redesigned to keep up with the demands, Sony CFO has hinted.
T3 was the first who spotted, this comment came as part of Sony’s annual earnings report, where the topic of shortage of PS5s came up. “The shortage of semiconductors is one factor, but there are other factors that will impact on the production volume,” said CFO Hiroki Totoki, also adding that Sony has the means to cope, “for example, we could find maybe a secondary resource, or by changing the design.”
That’s a big statement by Totoki, and gives a look at how strained the demand of semi-conductors parts are for PS5. Lack of semi-conductors part is not new as manufacturer AMD revealed that they expected some tightness in coming months due to shortage of semi-conductors parts.
Of course, Totoki isn’t talking about a massive overhaul of the PS5 here. Rather than talking about fundamentally changing the design of the console on a noticeable level, the CFO is instead theorizing about changing the internal schematics of the console itself to better suit manufacturing. Here’s hoping there’s an increase in semiconductor parts in the not-too-distant future.
Stock of all three next-gen consoles by Sony and Microsoft have been hard to find since Day 1. In the US and UK, particularly, scalpers have reportedly claimed upon thousands of units of PS5s and Xbox Series X and S, one UK retailer ended up cancelling 1000 orders of PS5s placed by scalpers. More than 60,000 consoles were purchased by Scalpers.