It’s not a good time to be a console gamer right now. Sure, there are many great games, but you’re out of luck if you want to play them on the latest hardware. The latest XBOX consoles may be appearing on shelves, but Switch OLED systems and PS5s are rarer. Unfortunately, that issue isn’t predicted to change any time soon.
GameSpot reported that Shuntaro Furukawa, Nintendo’s president, did not toy about with words during an investor call regarding the dire chip shortage the tech industry is currently suffering. Instead, Furukawa came right out with it and said, “There is no end in sight to the semiconductor shortage at this point.”
The lack of necessary components affects the current production line and may also impact future hardware. Bloomberg‘s Takashi Mochizuki stated that Furukawa refused to comment on any future Switch successors. Considering supply cannot meet demand, it probably wouldn’t be good to announce a new console.
Nintendo President Furukawa declined to comment today when asked whether it plans to release a new Switch hardware this FY. Two years ago, when it didn't release a Switch hardware, he clearly said there won't be.https://t.co/0CztSdUH0v
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) May 10, 2022
This is a similar position that Sony’s CFO took during their earnings call. Since semiconductors are in every piece of technology in the commercial and industrial markets, every company is vying to get what they need, so production doesn’t grind to a halt. Companies like Avigilon and Honeywell have wait times from two months to almost 50 weeks for everything from CCTV cameras to burglar systems.
It’s not just the production of semiconductors that is causing a holdup. The entire production chain has been affected by the pandemic, labor shortages, and high fuel prices. Each issue is compounding on top of the other.
Unlike the PS5, Nintendo’s various Switch consoles are a bit easier to obtain. However, if you’re unable to find them in stores, check out our story regarding finding an elusive gaming system.
Have you spotted OLED Switches or any other versions out in the wild lately? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
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