It has been has been close to five months since the release of both the Xbox Series X|S and the PlaySta­tion 5, and yet they are still incred­i­bly hard to obtain. This is due to a wide­spread short­age in semi­con­duc­tors, cut now chip scarci­ty is reach­ing “cri­sis” lev­els, impact­ing more than just con­sole production

Accord­ing to The Guardian, the dra­mat­ic shift in sup­ply has been “steadi­ly wors­en­ing since last year.” Media and tech ana­lyst Neil Cam­pling of Mirabaud, stat­ed the short­age will like­ly wors­en because the sup­ply can’t keep up with demand.

Chips are every­thing,” Cam­pling said. “There is a per­fect storm of sup­ply and demand fac­tors going on here. But basi­cal­ly, there is a new lev­el of demand that can’t be kept up with, every­one is in cri­sis and it is get­ting worse.”

Chip Shortage Is At Crisis Level Across The Globe, With The PS5 and Xbox Series X Still Hard To Find

The Guardian’s report also described oth­er indus­tries being tak­ing a hit by this short­age. Car man­u­fac­tures like Ford, Gen­er­al Motors, and Nissan–companies that are spend­ing a great deal on elec­tric vehicles–are pro­ject­ing a decrease in prof­its. Microsoft and Sony have both said the sup­ply prob­lems could last until the sec­ond half of this year. Apple and semi­con­duc­tor pro­duc­er Sam­sung are also suffering.

This short­age also extends to graph­ics cards, which are expe­ri­enc­ing their own sup­ply and demand issue.

There is no sign of sup­ply catch­ing up, or demand decreas­ing, while prices are ris­ing across the chain,” Cam­pling said. “This will cross over to peo­ple in the street. Expect cars to cost more, phones to cost more. This year’s iPhone is not going to be cheap­er than last year.”

Right along­side the chip short­age are reports of Nin­ten­do releas­ing a Switch Pro. The new mod­el is said to have a new chip that sup­ports bet­ter CPU per­for­mance, more mem­o­ry and DLSS capabilities.

Back in Feb­ru­ary, Pres­i­dent Biden said his admin­is­tra­tion will launch an inves­ti­ga­tion into the semi­con­duc­tor short­age. The exec­u­tive order is geared towards fig­ur­ing what went wrong in the chain of pro­duc­tion and how it can be repaired.