Global console shortages are likely to continue over the next year, Microsoft’s Xbox chief has warned.
And the issues are much broader than the global chip shortages that have often been blamed for them, Phil Spencer said.
He said the problems were likely to last until 2022, and could potentially continue beyond that.
Mr. Spencer commented in an interview wrap, during which he discussed the problems that have meant buying both the Xbox Series X and its rival PlayStation 5 between difficult and impossible.
“I think it’s probably too different to talk about it as just a chip problem,” Spencer says. “When I think about, what’s the point of getting the parts needed to build a console today, and then taking it to markets where there’s demand, there are a variety of pinch points in that process.
“And I think sadly it will be with us for months and months, certainly until the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year.”
Many of the problems have been attributed to the global semiconductor shortage, which appears to be exacerbated by the pandemic, not least, but has resulted from a number of other issues as well.
This has seen the widespread use of computer chips in many consumer products, affecting everything from cars to wearables.
Other companies – including manufacturer TSMC – have already indicated that problems are likely to run out well into 2022, as the supply chain struggles to make enough chips and hardware.
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