Component shortages could continue to limit production on PS5, Xbox x series, and Nintendo Switch until the end of next year, according to a new report.
Toshiba creates power regulating chips that are used in everything from cars to consumer electronics, and a company director confirmed Bloomberg that “the supply of crisps will remain very limited until at least September next year”, with “some customers will not be fully served before 2023”.
Toshiba chief executive Takeshi Kamebuchi pointed to both material shortages and high demand exceeding the company’s production capacity as the reasons for the chip shortage. While companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can switch between manufacturer sources for other console components, the safety certifications required for power regulation chips make this proposition more difficult.
“We consider which customer faces the most serious situation, such as the risk of the entire production line being shut down or the business destroyed without supplying chips,” Kamebuchi said. “Game console manufacturers are among the most demanding of customers and I sincerely apologize for their frustration as none of them are 100% satisfied.”
Toshiba plans to expand its power semiconductor production in the coming years, which will hopefully reduce the possibility of similar bottlenecks appearing in subsequent years. It appears that the shortage of components – and its impact on the production of video game consoles – may take some time to return to normal.
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