Playstation 5 production problems still expected for a few months
Due to the current global shortage of computer chips, Sony cannot even guarantee that enough consoles can be produced to keep up with demand during the upcoming holiday season. Mr. Ryan had previously told the German newspaper Die Welt that his company would focus particularly on the European market to supply consoles.
In November and December 4.5 million copies of the new Playstation sold but the company says sales would have been even higher without supply bottlenecks. Supply problems are all the more painful as the coronavirus pandemic has given gaming a huge boost, which competitor Nintendo has been able to take advantage of with its Switch console.
The shortage of computer chips is also a consequence of the coronavirus crisis. Since many people have to stay at home, especially to telecommute, the demand for electronic devices, such as smartphones and laptops, has increased sharply and chipmakers are struggling to meet it.
The boss of Sony Interactive Entertainment also announced Tuesday a new pair of virtual reality glasses for the Playstation 5. However, it is still unclear when the product will arrive on store shelves.