Bad news everybody: it’s going to be difficult to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X for at least the next two months and probably well into the summer.
Earlier this week, Microsoft warned that stock of the Xbox Series X and S would not be easy to get hold of until at least the end of March but AMD, who make the main processors for both the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5, have warned it’s going to be even worse than that.
‘I think we’re getting great support from our manufacturing partners. The industry does need to increase the overall capacity levels and so we do see some tightness through the first half of the year, but there is added capacity in the second half’, said AMD CEO Lisa Su, via VGC.
AMD make hardware for all sorts of companies and purposes but according to them, ‘overall demand exceeded our planning and as a result, we did have some supply constraints as we ended the year’.
What this means for anyone hoping to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S is that it’s probably going to remain difficult until at least the summer.
Microsoft did mention that things may get better by March, so perhaps they expect a slow increase in availability up until that point, but that doesn’t seem to be what AMD are implying.
For their part Sony has said nothing about availability this year, or indeed at any point since the PlayStation 5 first launched in November.
All of this probably means that, for the next two months at least, stock is going to be just as limited as it has been since launch.
It also means that scalpers are going to continue to be a problem, using bots to buy up stock before anyone else gets a chance and then selling it for inflated prices on eBay.
Neither Microsoft or Sony has attempted to do anything about this problem and most retailers have so far appeared to have little luck stopping the scalpers.
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