PS5: the shortage is over! Here’s what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

News hardware PS5: the shortage is over! Here’s what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

The “next gen” already doesn’t have much “next” anymore since the Xbox Series X and the PS5 were released in the fall of 2020. Yes, we will be celebrating the 2 years of the PlayStation 5 very soon and the problems of stocks still last… but not for long. We’re finally getting our heads above water, here’s why.

Why has there been such a huge shortage of PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Let’s start with a reminder of the facts. If everyone realizes that it has been extremely difficult to obtain a PS5 without going through infamous scalpers for the past two years, the reasons for this painful situation are often either unknown or poorly known.

The causes of such a huge shortage can only be multifactorial. Any simplistic explanation based on “it’s the fault of the COVID” for example would be far too approximate. Beyond the health crisis, which has obviously played a major role in history, the global geopolitical backdrop is tense.

More semiconductors for your PS5

Do you know what a semiconductor is? The size of a grain of sand, this small electronic component is a concentrate of high tech.

Semiconductors are extremely complex and expensive to build ; there are very few suppliers. Fun fact: the most expensive factory in the world belongs to TSMC, Taiwanese manufacturer and world leader in the semiconductor market. The manufacturing cost of the Fab 18 plant is estimated at 17 billion euros.

Next gen consoles are real little gaming PCs, which need cutting-edge components. Technology is moving fast and the demand for these components is exploding, especially with the popularization of electric cars.

Supply can’t keep up and giants like TSMC have to make a choice. chips for Tesla or Apple will always be higher priority than those dedicated to game consoles, even if the order comes from titans like Sony and Microsoft.

Faced with supply problems, new, ever more cutting-edge factories are emerging. Soon, TSMC will even switch to engraving in 3 nanometers (a big performance). All of this takes time, and the situation therefore takes many years to settle.

While everything seems to be in order, a new point of concern has just appeared: the war. If the military situation in Taiwan gets out of hand, the tech world could suffer enormously.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

Non-exhaustive list of causes that lead to PS5 and Xbox Series X restocking problems

Semiconductors are the crux of the matter. If this knot is so tight today, it’s because a pile of worries is pulling on the rope. Here is a non-exhaustive list :

  • Energy. You know it as well as we do, the cost of energy is exploding, whether it is gas, electricity or oil. While the situation in French households can largely be attributed to the conflict on our continent, the energy tension has actually been going on for longer than that for console manufacturers. Consequence: for 2 years, freight costs and those of raw materials have also exploded. Producing under these conditions while maintaining profitability is quite complex.
  • Tensions between China and the United States. Donald Trump’s treatment of the Chinese has had far-reaching global repercussions. The first example that comes to mind is obviously Huawei, a smartphone giant that got kicked out of Android. Almost all of the tech-related markets depend on Asia in general and China in particular. When some Chinese manufacturers start building up stocks for themselves and relations with the West become more complicated, the impact is felt.
  • The pandemic. We are finally getting there. Of course, the health crisis has not helped. On the one hand, manufacturers had to slow down their activities in order to take the necessary measures. On the other hand, households confined to their homes have started to renew their equipment en masse. Once again, demand crushed supply.

The list could go on and on. For example, we did not talk about the massive influx of installations 5G which have cost the industry many resources. Nor have we mentioned the rise of cryptocurrencies and graphics card farms dedicated to mining. We haven’t even mentioned the strikes in factories or considerations ecological that come into play.

All this to tell you that this situation is eminently complex.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

Towards a return to stock of the PS5 for Christmas 2022?

The various analysts whose job it is precisely to take into account all the factors we have just discussed have always been clear on the subject of PS5 and Xbox Series stocks: no return to normal before the end of 2022 or even 2023.

This long-awaited period is finally coming to an end and we are finally seeing many encouraging signs.

Yes, the COVID is still there, but it no longer weighs heavily on the daily lives of the vast majority of people. Demand is starting to calm down, already because prices are exploding, but also because millions of people have recently equipped themselves. In general, manufacturers are starting to blow.

We see this concretely in several markets. For example, we can talk about graphics cards. Even a giant like Amazon, which is not specialized in the matter, sells Radeon RX 6700 XT at €509. A price that has returned to normal for a card, which, let’s remember, is the direct competitor of the famous RTX 3070. During the last two years, there was nowhere to be found the slightest RX 6700 XT below the 700€ mark.

PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

As for consoles, the finding is just as encouraging.

Xbox Series X stocks have been in as dire a state as the PS5 since both consoles were released. Today, the Microsoft machine, less popular in France than that of Sony, is available almost everywhere, and all the time.

  • Check Xbox Series X inventory at Amazon
  • Check Xbox Series X stocks at Fnac
  • Check Xbox Series X stocks at Cdiscount
  • Check Xbox Series X stocks at Micromania
  • Check Xbox Series X stocks at Leclerc

Regarding the PS5, it is necessarily a little more delicate, but everything is getting better. Sony’s factories are running at full speed and we see restocking several times a week. Before the summer, these restockings did not last more than a few minutes, sometimes a few seconds. We barely had time to release a news to warn you of a return to stock that it was already too late.

Today, PS5 arrivals are not only more plentiful, but also more durable than ever. It is no longer very rare to see consoles remaining on sale for several hours.

As usual, we invite you to keep an eye on the stocks yourself, to create customer accounts with the various resellers and to keep the tabs below open. All it takes is a bit of determination to get a PS5. If all goes well, there might even be some stock to put under the tree.

  • See PS5 Stock at Amazon
  • See PS5 stocks at Fnac
  • See PS5 stocks at Cdiscount
  • Check PS5 stocks at Micromania
  • See PS5 stocks at Cultura
  • See PS5 stocks at Boulanger
PS5: the shortage is over!  Here's what to expect for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X inventory

Leave a Comment