Chip Shortage Set To Ruin Your Game Purchases This Christmas, Telecom News, ET Telecom
It’s not just the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft that might be hard to buy, but several tech companies are feeling the pinch.
Japanese giant Nintendo has revised its Switch sales forecast for the year down to 1.5 million “due to the effects of the global semiconductor shortage.”
The company “is evaluating alternative components and revising our designs,” according to Ko Shiota, general manager of Nintendo’s technology development division.
The gaming giant relies heavily on its console business, while deep-pocketed rivals such as Microsoft are expanding subscription and cloud gaming services.
Nintendo further stated that it “plans to continue to develop its business around the central concept of creating unique embedded hardware and software products.”
Sony is reportedly struggling to make PlayStation 5 consoles and has lowered its production forecast for the current fiscal year.
Valve’s Steam Deck portable gaming PC has been delayed for two months.
“We have done our best to get around global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components are not reaching our manufacturing facilities on time so that we can meet our original launch dates.” Valve said in a blog post Thursday.
According to a report in The Verge, Panic’s Playdate handheld has been pushed back from late 2021 to early 2022.
The company said “there are a number of other parts shortages that we are trying to thwart at this time.”
Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer has previously warned of ongoing shortages, saying Xbox’s supply issues will last until 2022.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the global chip shortage will persist for much longer, at least until 2023.