Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s gaming division, informed TheWrap (through VGC) that the issue will not be resolved earlier than Christmas. He additionally mentioned that the issue is not simply all the way down to a scarcity of pc chips – somewhat there are “a number of… pinch factors” that should be addressed.
“I feel it’s in all probability too remoted to speak about it as only a chip downside,” Spencer mentioned. “After I take into consideration, what does it imply to get the components essential to construct a console right this moment, after which get it to the markets the place the demand is, there are a number of form of pinch factors in that course of. And I feel regretfully it’ll be with us for months and months, undoubtedly by way of the top of this calendar yr and into the following calendar yr.”
Spencer went on to say that what he discovered most disappointing concerning the scenario was that followers could not get their fingers on next-gen consoles, not solely from Xbox, however from Sony too (although he stopped in need of naming Xbox’s arch rival).
“Folks actually need this new technology of consoles – they’re good consoles, each from us and the opposite platform holders – they usually need the brand new performance,” he mentioned. “We’re working onerous to deliver them to market however it’ll be a problem that we’ll work by way of for fairly some time.”
The chip scarcity was attributable to disruption to manufacturing attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. It has triggered provide shortages of all kinds of shopper electronics, together with smartphones just like the iPhone 13 and video games consoles just like the Xbox Sequence X/S and PlayStation 5.
Chip-maker Toshiba just lately warned we’ll see shortages for not less than the following 12 months. The director of semiconductors on the firm informed Bloomberg: “The availability of chips will stay very tight till not less than September subsequent yr. In some instances, we could discover some clients not being absolutely served till 2023.”
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