Redesign Of PlayStation 5 To Enter Production In 2022
Sony is reportedly set to start production on a redesign of its PlayStation 5 hardware in 2022. This is according to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese business site. The site claims that suppliers including TSMC, a semiconductor foundry, are planning to start producing the redesigned gaming console between the second and third quarters of next year.
Kantan Games analyst, Dr Serkan Toto, noted that DigiTimes’ supply chain sources said that the redesign will feature a new, semi-customised 6nm CPU and AMD. It’s very likely that this new design will be focused on components and will avoid any significant external changes.
Unlikely That Supplies Will Improve
Sony has recently stated that it is unlikely that supplies of the consoles will improve drastically in the current fiscal year, which only ends 31 March of next year. However, during an investor call in the wake of the publication of record PlayStation financial results, Hiroki Totoki, CFO of Sony, said that the company is considering different solutions to help it cope with the worldwide shortage of hardware components. These solutions include sourcing secondary suppliers and altering the hardware designs of the console.
Mr Totoki also added that Sony is aiming for greater sales volume than with the PlayStation 4. However, the company cannot drastically increase the supply of its console due to the shortage of semiconductors, among other factors. As a result, the company is aiming to beat its second year of PS4 sales of 14.8 million.
Sony Has Means To Cope
When asked specifically about the shortage of semiconductors that is currently affecting all consumer electronics industries, Totoki suggested that Sony has the means to cope.
In the wake of what was described as “unprecedented” consumer demand for the PS5, Sony said that it recorded the biggest console launch of all time. It shipped 4.5 million of the consoles within its launch quarter and a further 3.3 million in the quarter ended 31 March 2021. According to the company, this means that a total of 7.8 consoles were shipped within its first two quarters.
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has publicly refused to guarantee that the company will be able to satisfy the demand for the PS5 by this year’s holiday season. In an interview with the Financial Times in February, he mused that there are very few magic wands that he can wave. However, he did say that the supply situation will continue to improve throughout the year.