Bloomberg recently did a news report on the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, this time with information from Toshiba Corp. who note that the chip shortage will likely continue into 2022.
This isn’t exactly surprising given that Bloomberg shared a similar report back in May and supply is still an issue in many areas from game consoles to vehicles, though it is extremely disappointing to hear, especially for those still trying to get their hands on a PS5.
Toshiba Says Chip Shortage Will Extend Into 2022
Speaking with one of the directors in charge of semiconductors at Toshiba Corp., Bloomberg reported that chip shortages will continue into 2022, possibly longer into 2023. Obviously, this is bad news for anyone still trying to get their hands on a PS5 console.
It also impacts other areas including chips for cars, with automakers like Toyota and Volkswagen having to reduce production according to the Bloomberg report.
“The supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year. In some cases, we may find some customers not being fully served until 2023,” Takeshi Kamebuchi, one of the directors in charge of semiconductors at Toshiba Corp., told Bloomberg.
As for the reason for the shortage, it’s the same as it was when previously reported on by Bloomberg back in May – a combination of high demand and a lack of materials. Looking ahead at where we’ll be in the future, the warning that chip supply shortages may continue all the way into 2023 is concerning.
Even more so, Toshiba reported plans to invest ¥60 billion yen or $545 million over the next three years from now into March of 2024 to increase chip output. While this will certainly help, it’s still unclear how much of a dent it’ll make when it comes to ensuring supply is able to meet demand.
In the video game realm, consoles like the PlayStation 5 have notoriously been impacted by the chip shortage. Other companies like Nintendo and Microsoft have as well, although seemingly not to the degree of severity seen with the supply of PlayStation 5 consoles.
“We consider which customer faces the most severe situation, such as the risk of the whole production line halting or the business getting obliterated without the supply of chips,” Takeshi Kamebuchi noted.
“Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and I’m sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have 100% satisfaction.”
Overall, it sounds like gamers who want to purchase a PlayStation 5, PC graphics card, or Xbox Series X|S will experience difficulties over the next few years. How extreme these difficulties are will depend on what companies like Toshiba do moving forward.
Plans to invest money and increase chip output sound like the best course of action, but doing so is obviously easier said than done. Stay tuned as we’ll continue to report on these chip shortages here at Prima Games.
While we wait to see how bad the chip shortage will be as we move into 2022, we’re curious to hear your thoughts on the matter. Are you someone who’s been impacted by the chip shortage? What do you think the best course of action is for companies to improve the situation?