For the last year, a semiconductor shortage caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic has impacted tons of tech industries, naturally including video game platforms. As countries start to emerge and lift pandemic related restrictions, though, the chip shortages will last into the foreseeable future, according to Nintendo.
“There is no end in sight to the semiconductor shortage at this point,” Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said, in an investor call reported by The Wall Street Journal. Switch sales have slowed recently, at least partly due to hardware shortages.
The comment indicates that video game consoles could be difficult to find again this year. Nintendo Switch hardware is relatively available compared to the new consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Despite this pessimism from Nintendo, Sony has given indication to investors that PS5s will be more available this year. But there has been speculation that the shortages may have impacted Nintendo’s rumored plans to introduce a Switch hardware revision.
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