May 28, 2021

Microchip Shortages Potentially Impacting Switch Covered In '60 Minutes' Report

Some interesting weekend viewing.

In recent months a topic that has come up a fair bit in gaming has been manufacturing issues; it impacted Nintendo to a degree in the middle of 2020 but the company nevertheless produced enough stock to report incredible hardware sales. Despite this, however, Nintendo has continued to highlight the risks around supplies and meeting demand; the consensus is that the company is in a decent position to avoid the worst of issues around production, but it's unlikely to be completely immune.

The headlines have primarily been around PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S to date, with the new systems (particularly PS5 and Series X) pretty much selling out immediately in all territories. Restocks are still disappearing within minutes as consumers scramble for stock, and the companies have warned that manufacturing struggles are likely to restrict availability throughout the year.

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