PS5: the shortage is over! Here’s what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

News hardware PS5: the shortage is over! Here’s what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

The “next gen” has not been much “next” since the Xbox Series X and the PS5 were released in the fall of 2020. Yes, we will celebrate 2 years of the PlayStation 5 soon and the problems with the stocks will last yet … but not for long. We finally have our heads above water, here’s why.

Why is there so much shortage of PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Let’s start with a reminder of the facts. If everyone knows that it is very difficult to get a PS5 without going through the notorious scalpers of the last two years, the reasons for this painful situation are often unknown or poorly known. the.

The reasons for such a large shortage can only be multifactorial. Any simplistic explanation based on “It’s the fault of COVID” example is only an estimate. Beyond the health crisis, which has clearly played a key role in history, the global geopolitical backdrop is tense.

More semiconductors for your PS5

Do you know what a semiconductor is? The size of a grain of sand, this small electronic component is a concentrate of high tech.

Semiconductors are extremely complex and expensive to build ; there are very few suppliers. Fun fact: the most expensive factory in the world is his TSMC, Taiwanese manufacturer and world leader in the semiconductor market. The production cost of the Fab 18 plant is estimated at 17 billion euros.

The next gen consoles are really small gaming PCs, which require cutting-edge components. Technology is moving fast and the demand for these components is exploding, especially in the popularity of electric cars.

Supply can’t keep up and the giants love it TSMC have to choose. chips for Tesla or Apple always a higher priority than those dedicated to game consoles, even if the order comes from titans like Sony and Microsoft.

Faced with supply problems, new, larger factories emerged. Soon, TSMC will move on to engraving at 3 nanometers (a huge performance). All this takes time, and the situation therefore takes many years to resolve.

While everything seems to be going well, a new point of concern has just appeared: the war. If Taiwan’s military situation goes away, the tech world could suffer greatly.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

Incomplete list of reasons that lead to restocking problems on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Semiconductors are the core of matter. If this cord is too tight right now, it’s because a bunch of worries are pulling the cord. Here is an incomplete list:

  • Strong. You know it as well as we do, the cost of energy is exploding, whether it’s gas, electricity or oil. While the situation in French households can largely be attributed to the conflict on our continent, the energy tension has actually been going on for much longer than the console manufacturers. Result: within 2 years, freight costs and raw materials also exploded. Producing under these conditions while maintaining profitability is quite complicated.
  • The tensions between China and the United States. Donald Trump’s treatment of the Chinese has had many effects on the world. The first example that comes to mind is obvious Huawei, a giant smartphone powered by Android. Almost all technology-related markets depend on Asia in general and China in particular. If some Chinese manufacturers start building stocks for themselves and relations with the West become more complicated, the impact will be felt.
  • The pandemic. We finally got there. Of course, the health crisis didn’t help. On the one hand, manufacturers should slow down their activities to take the necessary steps. On the other hand, households that are stuck in their houses have started to renew their equipment in general. Once again, the demand has collapsed the supply.

The list can go on and on. For example, we are not talking about a large influx of installations 5G which cost the industry a lot of resources. We are also not talking about the rise of cryptocurrencies and graphics card farms dedicated to mining. We have not discussed the strikes of factories or considerations ecological that comes into play.

All this to tell you that this situation is very complicated.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

Towards a return to PS5 stock for Christmas 2022?

Various analysts whose job is to properly consider all the factors we have just mentioned are always clear on the subject of PS5 and Xbox Series stocks: there will be no return to normal before the end of 2022 or even 2023.

This long awaited season is finally coming to an end and we will finally see many encouraging signs.

Yes, COVID is still around, but it no longer burdens most people’s daily lives. The demand is starting to calm down, because the prices are exploding, but also because millions of people have just equipped themselves. In general, manufacturers began to blow.

We see this concretely in many markets. For example, we can talk about graphics cards. Even a giant like Amazon, which is not specialized in this matter, is sold Radeon RX 6700 XT for €509. A price that has returned to normal for a card, which, let’s remember, is the direct competitor of the famous RTX 3070. In the last two years, nowhere to find the smallest RX 6700 XT under the mark of 700 €.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

As for consoles, the search is equally encouraging.

Xbox Series X stocks have been in dire straits just like the PS5 since the release of both consoles. Today, Microsoft’s machine, which is less popular in France than Sony’s, is available almost everywhere, and all the time.

  • Check out the Xbox Series X inventory on Amazon
  • Check out the Xbox Series X stocks at Fnac
  • Check out the Xbox Series X stocks at Cdiscount
  • Check out the Xbox Series X stocks at Micromania
  • Check out Leclerc’s Xbox Series X stocks

As for the PS5, it should be a little more dangerous, but everything is getting better. Sony’s factories are running at full speed and we see restocking several times a week. Before the summer, these restocks did not last more than a few minutes, sometimes a few seconds. We hardly have time to release a news to warn you to return the stock that it is too late.

Today, PS5 arrivals are not only more numerous, but also more stable than before. It’s no longer uncommon to see consoles remaining on sale for hours.

As usual, we invite you to monitor the stocks yourself, to create customer accounts with different resellers and keep the tabs below open. All it takes is a little determination to get a PS5. If all goes well, there may still be some stock to put under the tree.

  • Check out PS5 Stock on Amazon
  • Check out PS5 stocks at Fnac
  • Check out PS5 stocks at Cdiscount
  • Check out Micromania’s PS5 stocks
  • Check out Cultura’s PS5 stocks
  • Check out Boulanger’s PS5 stocks
PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

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