Limited PS5 stock may continue until 2022, Sony claims

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The PlayStation 5 has broken the world record for console sales in the United States since its launch, but that doesn't mean everyone who was interested got it. With low inventories and scalpers always ready, the journey to the next generation has been difficult for many. Sadly, that doesn't look like it's going to change, because Sony warns that the PS5's inventory issues could very well extend into next year.

Sony Group Corp. recently warned a group of analysts that the PlayStation 5 shortage is expected to be a reality in 2022. The company also mentioned that this supply issue has provided a stress point for sales targets, despite recent numbers boasting achievements. impressive for the gaming brand. 

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"I don't think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce a lot more PlayStation 5 units next year, our supply would not be able to keep up with demand," Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said in a statement received. by Bloomberg. 

He continued, telling the group of analysts that Sony needs a serious increase in production when that is possible. There have been reports of a new PS5 model in the works to get around the fueling issue, but we couldn't verify that here on Game Informer. While COVID-19 certainly played a role, Totoki mentioned that the supply problems would have been immense regardless of the global pandemic. He also allayed analysts' concerns that Sony can't keep up with demand, especially with the economic impact of COVID, and responded that he "can't imagine demand falling easily."

It was previously reported that PlayStation has reached its peak revenue so far during F2020, reporting just over $25,04 billion in revenue. This breaks previous industry record, including Sony's own record of $20,8 billion. This annual report also boasts that the fourth quarter was a magical time for Team Blue, reporting an all-time high of $6,24 billion in that period, a jump of +32,6% from the fourth quarter's data. previous quarter. Sony also kicked off its next generation with 3,3 million units sold (LTD: 7,8 million), making it the best-selling console during its first fiscal year ever. Most of these sales are due to less than honest purchases. With bots and groups of scalpers lined up when stocks go live, the stock sells almost immediately. These scalped units are being resold, which shows strong buyer interest regardless of the scalper's situation. 

What Sony does next will be interesting, but it's disheartening to know that the stock issues will continue for some time. 

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