Xbox Series X It was released on November 10, 2020. PlayStation 5 It reached several markets on November 12, 2020 and a week later in Spain. It has been more than a year since then and it is still difficult to get one of these consoles. Seeing one in a physical store is almost as impossible as the lottery, and going through the purchase process in online stores is a strenuous process.
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The reason is the lack of supply machines, something that affects not only Sony and Microsoft, but numerous industries dependent on semiconductors or chips that function as the brain of the device. And how We explain you in the following video, it will not be solved in the short term. Manufacturers, analysts and other sources point to 2023 such as the year in which the situation is likely to normalize.
It is not a single problem, but several related
Summing up a lot (if you want to go beyond the video you we recommend reading the report), the semiconductor crisis The current situation has been the consequence of several interrelated problems. For several years, the chip manufacturing has been outsourced to quasi-monopolistic companies that do not have infinite manufacturing capacity.
For its part, coronavirus pandemic and changes in leisure, study and work habits increase consumption of electronic devices such as computers, mobiles, tablets and consoles. In addition, more and more products use chips: cars, toothbrushes, refrigerators …
To that we must add the distribution problems caused by the pandemic and by trade wars between superpowers (most chips are made in China). And as if that weren’t enough, the launch of new products in the technology sector, such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S, which require new chips, but whose companies lag behind giants like Apple and Samsung when it comes to bidding for the production of chips.
Basically, several wires that make up a time bomb that will not be deactivated, according to industry sources, until 2023. But calm optimism: remember that in 2021 it was also said that in 2022 the situation would be tackled.