Due to the on-going chips and component shortage, we’ve seen big droughts of availability for gaming hardware, including consoles like the Xbox Series X and the PS5. It will also be a bit harder to get a Nintendo Switch in the coming months, according to supply chain reports.
While Nintendo had planned to create 30 million Switch units during the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2022, various shortages meant that Nintendo had to product 20 percent fewer consoles. According to Nikkei, Nintendo planned to boost production and Switch availability with the recently released OLED model, but due to component shortages, this has not been the case.
With that in mind, Nintendo will only be able to produce a total of 24 million Switch units over the current fiscal year. Nintendo itself has already acknowledged the chip shortage and is still assessing the impact it is having on Switch production.
The chip shortage has also impacted other consoles, as there continues to be shortages of the Xbox Series consoles and the PlayStation 5. The DIY PC market has also been hit particularly hard, with low graphics card and CPU stock stopping many from upgrading their gaming PCs.
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KitGuru Says: Current estimates point to the chip market getting back to normal in late 2022, so we’re still some ways off from supply being plentiful again.