ETF Managers Group Video Game Tech Expert Ted Pollak in Asia Times

PS5, Switch and Xbox all short-circuited by scarce chips

Semiconductor crunch and other supply chain disruptions are stalling next-generation revision of top-selling Nintendo console
SINGAPORE – Demand for video games has surged to unprecedented levels in the era of lockdowns and Covid-19, but finding a new PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch is easier said than done. Console manufacturers see no end in sight to global shortages of the cheap but essential chips needed to boost the availability of their coveted gaming machines.

With general-purpose chips for audio, power management and wireless communication functions in short supply in recent months, Japanese electronics makers Sony and Nintendo have made significant downward revisions to their sales targets for the financial year and spoken in stark terms about the turmoil in their operations caused by chip shortages.

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