Sony is allegedly considering a new Playstation 5 redesign to combat stock shortages

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It’s nearly impossible to find a PlayStation 5 in the wild without watching Stock Trackers on Twitter. The subculture was fascinating at first, but now the chip shortage is wearing on the patience of gamers unable to find one. Semiconductor shortages are a thorn in Sony’s side when it comes to producing more. However, now there’s talk of a solution by way of a PlayStation 5 redesign! 

DigiTimes claims production of the redesigned PlayStation 5 will start in 2022. While the leak seemed to be a rumor, Robert Jones of T3 reported something the Sony CFO said. Hiroki Totoki, CFO, addressed how they could deal with the shortage by, “for example, we could find maybe a secondary resource, or by changing the design.” It’s an idea that Sony is floating around, so there may be validity to the rumor.

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Redesigning the PS5 allows Sony to strengthen the system. Whether or not we will see external changes to the console has not been said yet. Videogameschronicle (VGC) reported that Dr. Serkan Toto, Kantan Games analyst, noted that DigiTimes’ supply chain sources say the redesign will feature a “new semi-customized” 6nm CPU from AMD. At this time, I believe the new PS5 redesign will happen on the internal level only. 

PlayStation 5 woes will continue into 2022

Unfortunately, late 2022 is a long time to wait for a new console. This news won’t likely alleviate current stock woes. In the meantime, it’s fitting that Sony may create a possible PS5 upgrade to keep up with demand. On 05/10/2021, Bloomberg reported that Hiroki Totoki said it’s difficult for Sony to keep up with the demand for the PS5. The situation is said to last until 2022, which aligns with the possible ‘redesign.’

Are you excited about a potential redesign, or would you rather have the original PlayStation 5? Let me know in the comments!