The True Reality Of Why There Is No PS5 Stock

Why is there no PS5 stock? Missing semiconductors? Does the energy crisis have something to do with it? the covid? Are there still problems with crypto? Today, the PcComponentes research division has revealed an uncomfortable truth. And we are going to share it with you.

Why There Is No PS5 Stock

Veteran gamers may remember, but there has rarely been such a shortage of game consoles or graphics cards as in recent years. The options are increasingly limited and many will be between the Xbox or the wall. The reality is that “Winter is coming” and it does not look like Santa Claus comes with a PS5 under his arm.

To get to the bottom of the matter, our team of experts has thoroughly investigated all the reasons behind these crises, and today we share them with you. But before continuing, make sure of one thing, check the stock of PcComponentes to buy a PS5, perhaps luck will smile on you.

6 Reasons why there is no stock of PlayStation 5

There are many rumors about what has happened in recent years, but what is happening now? Why there’s no stock PS5 in sight, well, there are several factors at play. You should keep in mind that many of the factors that we are going to cover below, individually, should not affect the stock of PS5, but as a whole, they form the perfect storm. We give you a quick summary.

  1. The pandemic caused a breakdown in workflow
  2. There is a global shortage of semiconductors
  3. Cryptocurrency Mining Compounded Semiconductor Shortage
  4. There are logistics and supply chain issues
  5. Speculators make it harder to buy a PS5
  6. The demand for the PS5 is greater than that for the Xbox Series X | S

If you want to know in depth how each of these factors has had an impact on the manufacture, distribution, and sale of the PS5 from 2020 to today, keep reading.

1. The pandemic caused a breakdown in workflow

There are times when the reality is stranger than fiction and the Covid-19 pandemic was something that no series had prepared us for. Neither we, as people, nor the companies knew how to find a quick solution that came over them to continue being productive. Layoffs, telecommuting, massive closures, and the world stopped for months.

Despite this, during the first months of the pandemic, in March 2020, Sony assured that the pandemic would not affect the production and subsequent stock of PS5. Soon after, Sony had to admit what we all already knew, that the number of PS5s produced that year had indeed been reduced.

Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation

The reason? We will never know for sure. Sony assured that it was not due to production problems, but to a lack of demand due to the price of the console due to the lack of income of many families. Yes, surely you have stayed with the same face as us now.

We can’t speak for all gamers, but many of us would have fed on sandwiches to enjoy a PS5 during the pandemic. Did Sony not have problems with the production of consoles during the pandemic?  If we take into account that practically the entire world economy was affected; we cannot imagine that nothing would have changed in the factories of PlayStation 5.

2. There is a global shortage of semiconductors

To delve into the semiconductor crisis we would need an entire article and we don’t have time for it. And it is that those who have wanted to buy a graphics card, a processor, a car, or even a refrigerator in recent years will know that although there has also been a lot of scarcity, prices have been skyrocketing.

Semiconductor crisis
Semiconductor crisis

The short version is that semiconductors are electronic component that is used for almost everything.  If you have a motherboard, no matter how simple, it will have semiconductors.  Not all semiconductors indeed are the same, but what a coincidence that the PS5 shares the stock of these components with the rest of the goods most demanded by consumers globally.

The result of this has been, of course, the slowdown in the production of the PS5 in recent years. In fact, in February 2022, AMD CEO Lisa Su stated that supplies will remain tight in the first half of the year and will improve in the second. On the other hand, in March, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said that the shortage will not ease until 2024, despite his previous prediction that it would end in 2023.

3. Cryptocurrency mining exacerbated the semiconductor shortage

If at any time in recent years you have stopped playing for at least half an hour and have taken to watching the news or social networks, you will know the empire that has been built around cryptocurrencies and their mining.

But what do cryptocurrencies and their mining have to do with the lack of PS5 stock? In itself nothing, but if we take into account that to mine cryptocurrencies powerful equipment with multiple graphics cards is needed, it is easy to start connecting the dots.

The demand for graphics cards has skyrocketed in recent years
The demand for graphics cards has skyrocketed in recent years

The demand for graphics cards has skyrocketed in recent years because each miner had to get at least half a dozen graphics cards to be profitable. Graphics cards that need the same semiconductors as the PS5, of which if we go back to the previous point there is a great shortage. The consequence of all this? There were no graphics cards for gaming computers and no semiconductors for PS5s.

Although this problem has been deflating so far this year due to China’s ban on cryptocurrency mining, the Bitcoin crash, and the high price of electricity, its effects will linger for a while until the industry gets its act together.

4. There are logistics and supply chain problems

Explaining this problem is complicated. And is that only Civilization fans would like us to start talking about the current state of world geopolitics and the effects of the energy crisis on the logistics and supply chain. For the rest of the gamers, we can say that if “The flapping of the wings of a butterfly can cause a hurricane in another part of the world”,  the manufacture of a semiconductor in the other part of the world can mean having a PS5 in your hands.

This implies that there is the entire chain from when the semiconductor is manufactured until it is assembled into a PS5 until it reaches the distribution warehouses and finally ends up in your living room. Many intermediaries and many kilometers by boat and truck make it possible for what begins to be manufactured at one end of the world to end up being enjoyed at the other.

After the pandemic caused a breakdown in the global supply chain
After the pandemic caused a breakdown in the global supply chain

The problem is that the concept of logistics changed after the pandemic caused a breakdown in the global supply chain, which has affected the daily lives of almost everyone. Ships stuck in the harbor, warehouses overflowing with the merchandise they don’t have room for, and retailers unable to get their hands on the products they’re trying to sell.

The result of all this on the stock PS5? For one thing, components are harder to come by in bulk, even for making consoles. On the other hand, the consoles that are manufactured take time to reach consumers.

5. Speculators make it harder to buy a PS5

If you have ever studied anything about marketing, or economics or have seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” you will know something basic about money. And this is because prices rise when demand exceeds supply. This, my friends, is the market and when there is a shortage of something, there is a lot of money to be made.

In this sense, it did not take a race for many heartless people to see in the lack of stock of the PS5 an opportunity to get an extra at the end of the month. Since its release, people have started buying the PS5 simply to resell it at higher prices.

PS5
PS5

But how did these speculators get the PS5 before anyone else and thus ensure scarcity? The answer is dramatically discouraging. They created bots that could automatically buy consoles faster than a human could. Bots crawl all the URLs of all the pages daily to search for PS5 stock for sale and buy it instantly.

But this hasn’t just happened with the PS5, they’re also getting hold of graphics cards, which is causing a shortage in the market. Which in turn aggravates the shortage of semiconductors that we have told you about before.

And what is Sony’s response to all this?  The packs. It is no coincidence that it is impossible to buy the PS5 without having to also buy an extra controller, three video games, and some wireless headphones for almost €800. That’s for not commenting on the €50 rise that he has put on the console. Total, whoever wants the PS5 is going to pay that extra €50, the Sony executive thought in his office.

6. The demand for the PS5 is greater than that for the Xbox Series X|S

If you have ever considered not buying the PS5 and moving to Xbox for at least this generation, you may have realized something surprising: It is relatively easy to buy an Xbox Series X or S ! Or at least much easier than buying a PS5.

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1TB

Microsoft Xbox Series X 1TB
Microsoft Xbox Series X 1TB

This, as much as it pains us to say it, is partly our fault. As gamers, we have grown up with PlayStation and enjoy each new generation of the console, but is it worth this suffering? How many years could you have already been playing with the Xbox Series X while we were still trying to get you a PS5?

If you ask us, the PS5 is worth it, but there are three reasons to seriously consider buying an Xbox given the way things are:

  1. The retail price of the Series S is $100 cheaper than that of the digital version of the PS5.
  2. The Series S isn’t that hard to find right now.
  3. The Xbox Game Pass is simply awesome.

Microsoft Xbox Series S 512GB

Microsoft Xbox Series S 512GB
Microsoft Xbox Series S 512GB

And it is that if what you want is simply to enjoy the games of the new generation, it is worth buying the new Xbox. But what about PS5 exclusives? You may be wondering… What exclusives? We ask you. If you’re interested in PlayStation games specifically, there’s very little reason to switch from PS4 to PS5 at the moment: PlayStation-exclusive games release on both PS4 and PS5, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing any time soon.

That said, demand for the PS5 is outpacing that for the Xbox Series X|S by a ridiculous margin. The PS5 is by far the most desirable console at the moment. This makes demand high and supplies low, which brings us back to the question of why there’s no PS5 in stock.

When will PS5 be back in stock?

We don’t know. Currently, the stock of PS5 continues to appear with droppers linked to large packs that make the purchase of the console impossible for many consumers.

And it is that if we also attend to the latest statements of the company we can see how things are getting worse and worse. Recently, in its latest earnings reports, Sony confirmed that it sold 3.9 million PS5 consoles in 2021, a figure much lower than the 4.5 million it sold the previous year.

Sony PlayStation 5 + FIFA 23 (Download Code) + Ratchet & Clank: A Separate Dimension + Gran Turismo 7 + PSN €50

Sony PlayStation 5 + FIFA 23
Sony PlayStation 5 + FIFA 23

To this must be added the statements of Sony’s financial director, Hiroki Totoki, where he confirmed what we have seen, that the shortage of chips would continue to affect PS5 sales during 2022.

Although as you have already seen, the fault of this is not directly Sony, since believing us when we tell you that they are the most interested in selling all possible PS5s. Especially if you compare the sales of the PS5 with those of the PS4. If you want to know more about this topic, we recommend that you take a look at the Twitter thread by Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst, about it.

PS5 and PS4 Quarterly shipment
PS5 and PS4 Quarterly shipment

And this is the end, there is no more data on the table. Draw your conclusions! We have it clear, it will take a radical change in the way the PS5 is manufactured so that we can have new waves of stock that end the shortage. As long as this is not the case, not only Sony but the entire video game industry and development studios will be slowed down and resentful of the impossibility of bringing games to market, since… Who is going to play them?

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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.

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