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PlayStation, Xbox, Switch: the deficit is not ready to stop

Intel, Nintendo… several industry players agree that the semiconductor shortage will continue for at least another year.

While the PS5, Xbox Series, and Switch OLED consoles, as well as new Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, have all been released recently, most of them are very hard to find, or at least reasonably priced. Blame it on the lack of semiconductors needed to make most electronic materials, including our home consoles.

The industry collapsed for a few years…

And since then, it has been felt: if Microsoft tends to keep its numbers secret, then firms like Sony or Nintendo have long summed up the results, and the crisis is felt. What’s more, the latter recently updated their numbers, on Sony’s side, PS5 console sales lag nearly 3 million units behind the company’s goal, and on Nintendo’s side, sales are also slowing down.

However, there is nothing to sound the alarm, as the sector is doing quite well, but nevertheless, it is still very difficult to get your hands on the precious sesame, and not only from the side of video games, since the mobile or automotive industry has also been affected, and it’s not going to end.

…and it won’t work

For Intel, which spoke on the subject last April, the shortage could continue until 2024, according to CEO Pat Gelsinger:

[…]We believe that the global semiconductor shortage will now shift towards 2024 from our previous estimates in 2023, simply because the shortage has now affected all equipment and some production lines will be even more complex.

Same story from Nintendo, which has brought up the subject in the past and recently returned to the charge in the Wall Street Journal, where the CEO of Big N states that “there is no end to the semiconductor shortage at this stage.

Words that say a lot about the current state of the industry. If it was Covid-19 that initially caused problems in the sector and measures are taken to try to counter this problem, then the recent war in Ukraine, led by Russia, is not helping and may even worsen the situation, according to the consulting firm. Techcet, which specializes in:

If the current situation worsens [et elle s’est hélas aggravée depuis la déclaration]American chipmakers [et d’ailleurs] supply disruptions may occur. These materials are essential for the development of semiconductors and are indispensable.

The materials mentioned include, among others, palladium, neon and C4F6, raw materials needed for production chains at many levels, the absence of which can prevent the creation of not only semiconductors, but also the production equipment itself. And, unfortunately, no one can say yet when everything will return to normal.

“No semiconductors, no construction. No construction, no consoles. No consoles… no consoles” Asterisk and Obelynx Mission Cléoplâtre

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