There’s some big Sony news this week saying that the company might go forward with a PlayStation 5 redesign in order to get stock moving.
The PlayStation 5 is one of the most sought-after consoles on the market. Over 7 million units have been sold since its release in November- and that number would probably be a lot higher if anyone were able to actually get their hands on one. Hundreds of thousands of people have tried and failed in the last few months, and Sony blames the production halt on a shortage of semiconductors. The company believes changing up the design might help move production along.
Sony recently stated that a redesign might be necessary in order to meet the extremely high demand for the PlayStation 5. During the company’s annual earnings report, Sony’s CFO, Hiroki Totoki made a statement regarding the semiconductor shortage, which is affecting all consumer electronics industries from automobiles to smart phones. He confirmed that in order for Sony to meet its sales targets, “we could find maybe a secondary resource [for the semiconductors], or by changing the design we could cope.”
According to the recent leaks, it sounds like the new PlayStation 5 redesign will be worth the wait. Apparently, the new console could be much more powerful due to new custom AMD silicon.
Citing supply chain sources, DigiTimes claims production of the redesigned PS5 will kick off in 2022. This means that we could potentially see the new model as early as next year.
As for acquiring a PS5 this year, it’s not going to be an easy task. Sony CEO Jim Ryan refused to guarantee that the company would be able to supply enough PS5s for the demand of the 2021 holiday season, only stating that “it will get better every month of 2021.”
Time will tell what Sony has in store for the massive PlayStation 5 shortage and the potential redesign of the console.