The CEO of a AMD, Lisa Su, it letting it be known that supply shortages for gaming consoles, desktop CPUs and GPUs, will continue until the second half of 2021. The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S will be impacted the most.
The news was included with AMD’s full-year financial report (Tom’s Hardware), which showed the company far surpassing its past earning records with a strong fourth quarter. This was partially due to the launch of new AMD products, including current generation consoles, AMD’s Zen‑3 Ryzen CPUs and the RX 6000 series graphic cards.
Supply for these items has been minimal since launch, and Su expects this to continue until there’s new production capacity available. Su also mentioned that lower-costing parts for low-end PCs and both consoles will be affected the most. This is due to the overwhelming demand, but new stock of higher-end products looks more positive over the same timeframe.
Nvidia is currently in the same situation. Their stock of its RTX 30-series GPUs won’t be any better off until at least April of this year.
Getting ahold of a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has been nearly impossible since launch (unless you bought one from a scalper). This isn’t at all surprising, but the pandemic has made it particularly frustrating to find one, because no one is putting them on retail shelves.
Microsoft was expecting stock issues to continue until March, but it’s yet to be seen how AMD plans to increase its production to help alleviate the issues of demand.