Sony Has Already Secured 22 Million Chips for the PlayStation 5

Sony press material showcasing the PS5 Digital Edition and PS5 side by side.
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In a recent earnings call by Sony's CFO Hiroki Totoki, the company has already acquired 22 million AMD chips for its PlayStation 5 console. Allowing Sony to meet its predicted deadline of 22 million units sold by the end of this year, and completely circumvent the chip shortage as a whole so Totoki says.

It's quite amazing that Sony was able to grab all 22 million chips without much issue so it seems. We're not sure how the company was able to acquire so many chips so fast, but we suspect AMD could have prioritized console chip production over its own CPUs and especially RDNA 2 based graphics cards. This would explain why Nvidia was able to completely dominate AMD in GPU market share all year long.

Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends for the PlayStation 5. Demand for the console continues to be sky-high, and all 22 million units should sell out like hotcakes all year long.

Sony warned in a Bloomberg report several months ago, that supply won't correct itself until after 2022, which is still over a year away. Totoki says even if Sony acquires a lot more devices and components, it will still be difficult to keep PS5s on store shelves.

But Totoki does imply that Sony needs to ramp up production anyways to insure that any consoles remain in stores.

As a positive, Sony will be able to hit its deadline of 22 million units this year. Let's hope the company will have similar results next year.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    22M CPUs, and I still won't be able to beat the scalpers to them when they put them into the consoles & sell them. (sigh)
  • bigdragon
    I want a PS5, but I wasted so much time trying to buy an RTX 30-series that I'm not even willing to try and buy a PS5 until stock becomes more available. By that time, people will likely be talking about a slim or pro or price drop, so the waiting will just continue. 2023 seems like way too long of a wait.
  • brandonjclark
    I have an RTX3090, and life is good! But I'm dying to play Demon's Souls on PS5 so I look forward to picking up a PS5 soon.
  • cryoburner
    2Be_or_Not2Be said:
    22M CPUs...
    More accurately, they are APUs, with the majority of the processor being dedicated to graphics hardware. But yeah. : P

    On the "positive" side, there are hardly any must-have games only available on the new consoles yet, and most of this year's big game releases have been pushed back into next year, so you aren't missing much. : D