PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan has said PlayStation 5 supply should increase month-by-month as Sony continues working toward meeting high demand. By the end of 2020, just weeks after the console’s mid-November release, PS5 had eclipsed 4.5 million units sold. Such an astronomical figure culminated in its overtaking the PlayStation 4 to become the reported “biggest console launch of all time.”
As many know, that success hasn’t been without its fair share of growing pains. Several months past its initial launch, and PlayStation 5 remains difficult to find online and in stores. Scalpers do serve as one issue, yet their antics seem to only account for a small fraction of the problem. Earlier this year, AMD CEO Lisa Su revealed the company is struggling to develop Ryzen 5000 processors – the technology powering both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. By Su’s estimation, supply constraints may last well into the year. And Microsoft executives believe the Series X could remain in short supply until June. While Sony offering as much insight, word from Jim Ryan suggests stock could begin seeing regular increases fairly soon.
Upon being asked by GQ Magazine when customers can expect to more easily purchase PS5s, Jim Ryan apologized for the shortages, then went on to say Sony is doing all it can to increase production. Since Christmas, the group has worked vigorously to speed up supply, and the fruits of that labor are evident in the “considerable amount of product into the UK market last week.” This momentum should continue to build in the weeks and months ahead, the PlayStation boss assured. Ryan told GQ, “[supply] will increase as each month passes. And the situation will start to get better hopefully quite quickly. We have been relentless in terms of trying to increase production and I really can’t say any more than that.”
Clearly, there’s still no timeframe Ryan and Co. can offer with regards to when stock will become more readily available. The situation sounds as though it could improve in the near future, however. In the meantime, PS4 and PS5 players alike have plenty of new experiences to look forward to throughout the year, some of which will be showcased during this week’s State of Play.
The next State of Play airs in a couple of days on Thursday, February 25 at 2:00pm PST, and will focus on PS4 and PS5 titles set to launch in the months ahead. Apparently, the 30-minute broadcast will consist of deep dives, reveals, and updates about 10 different games. What won’t be discussed on the stream are hardware and business-related details.
Source: GQ Magazine