AMD says that the shortage on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and desktop CPU and GPUs won’t end until at least the second half of 2021. Many South Africans, in particular, are still sitting in wait for another round of PS5 stock to arrive and while they have been slowly (very slowly) trickling in, we have yet to see a mass stock announcement since early December 2020. For starters, while SA has next to no PS5 stock, it not only our country which has suffered a blow due to the part shortages from AMD.
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According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, consumers need to brace for a supply shortage in AMD chipsets for the first half of the year. This includes stock issues surrounding PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. The news arrives through the company’s full-year financial earning report which showed the company surpassing its past earning records with a strong Q4.
This is partly thanks to the large range of new products that boast AMD architecture. This not only includes PC CPUs and GPUs but both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S include custom AMD SoCs in them. If you are wondering why there’s no stock, it is because the supplies to make these chipsets have been hard to find.
Su expects this to be the case until new production capacity comes online in the coming months. In addition, the supply shortage will mainly affect low-cost PC chipsets and consoles as they are the hardware most in demand. However, AMD is not the only company struggling with hardware at the moment. NVIDIA is also facing a shortage in RTX 30-series GPUs. The company previously revealed that the stock shortages won’t ease until after April 2021. This may be extended due to the company’s new range of RTX 30-series notebook GPUs.
PS5 and Xbox Series X/S stock has been hard to come by worldwide but in SA, users have struggled to get their hands on Sony’s console given the larger fanbase and market share in the country. While the Xbox Series X is much harder to find now, at launch, there was ample stock throughout SA. Perhaps gamers are fed up with waiting for a PS5 so now they picked up and Xbox Series X instead?
It is not good news but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, by August this year, users can happily log into an online store and purchase a PS5 without having to fight scalpers and stock issues. What a time that will be. We are constantly posting new stock on our Twitter account whenever a retails goes live with it. Make sure you follow us here to stay up to date.