Sony is reportedly set to start production on a revision of the PlayStation 5 in 2022. According to DigiTimes, hardware suppliers like TSMC will be kicking off production of a redesigned version of the PS5 some time between the second and third quarter of 2022.
The report, however, doesn’t really take into account the ongoing chip shortage that has led to massive shortages in not only PS5 stocks across the world, but also manufacturing problems for car makers.
Unfortunately, we also don’t know whether the PS5 hardware revision will feature anything new in terms of design or horsepower besides a “new semi-customised” CPU by AMD built on a 6nm process. The revision will likely be akin to a ‘slim’ release that PlayStation consoles often see a couple of years into their life cycles.
The subject of PS5 stocks have been contentious in India over the last month. Frustrated by Sony’s lack of any real response in terms of restocks for the PS5, several gamers took to Change.org to petition Sony for PS5 restocks. The aim of the petition is to show Sony that there is interest in purchasing the console in the Indian market.
Sony’s silence on the matter has already been a detriment to the company’s reputation in India. Prospective PS5 buyers have already decided to vote with their wallets and have decided to purchase an Xbox Series X or S instead.
Around 4,000 PS5s were reportedly brought into the country during its launch, with consoles going out of stock within minutes of pre-orders going live at just about every retailer in the country.