According to Bloomberg, Sony has warned investors that the PlayStation 5 could be difficult to obtain until at least 2022. The device, which was first released on November 12, 2020, has had a minimal supply for the entire six months it has been available in stores. Players who wanted to buy the device to play Returnal, Spider-Man: Miles Morales or any other Sony first-party games had to wait in long lines online.
Despite its limited supply, the device has sold 7.8 million units as of March 31, according to Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki, who claims that high demand is part of the reason for the shortage. Totoki said, “I don’t think demand is calming down this year. Even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand.”
Return is one of the first Sony games to run exclusively on PlayStation 5, even though many of their launch titles were released simultaneously on PlayStation 4 and 5. New games that don’t need old hardware could make the PlayStation 5 even more attractive, putting even more pressure on the supply line as the months’ pass.