Global Chip Shortage, Affecting Everything From PS5s To Graphics Cards, Is Becoming A ‘Crisis’

Global Chip Shortage, Affecting Everything From PS5s To Graphics Cards, Is Becoming A ‘Crisis’
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While anyone reading this will know it has been hard finding a PS5 lately, loads of other markets are experiencing shortages as well, thanks to a global “crisis” affecting the supply of semiconductor chips to, well, anything that uses them. And that’s a lot of stuff.

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As The Guardian report, while the supply of chips should be improving now that we’re months out from some of the worst Covid lockdowns and distribution disruptions, things have actually gotten worse because of market changes (we’ve been buying a lot more computers and TVs and consoles while stuck at home) and a huge influx of new products using them, putting further strain on the supply chain.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X shortages are just the tip of the iceberg. Big phone launches from companies like Apple and Samsung have been postponed, new graphics cards are still hard to find and all over the world car manufacturers are either scaling back production or piling unfinished cars up in parking lots while they wait for the chips needed to power their software systems.

U.S. President Biden Wants To ‘Review’ A Cause Of PS5, Graphics Card Shortages

U.S. President Biden is getting ready to sign an executive order, one that will review the United States’ ability to get hold of certain things that it’s currently having trouble getting hold of. Among the list are semiconductors, one of the main reasons behind the current PS5 (and graphics card)...

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“Chips are everything,” tech analyst Neil Campling told The Guardian. “There is a perfect storm of supply and demand factors going on here. But basically, there is a new level of demand that can’t be kept up with, everyone is in crisis and it is getting worse.”

We reported last month that President Biden was looking at “reviewing the causes” behind this, but it’s hard seeing what good that could do; we know the reason, and it’s simply that supply of the chips isn’t enough to meet demand, and may not be for quite a while, which is only going to make things like graphics card shortages and an inflated resale market worse for the foreseeable future until production can increase (or at least just catch up).


  • Biden is a fool and just filling his Executive Order quota for the week. The problem he should be looking at isn’t why there is a shortage (Supply and demand DUH!!), but what the U.S. will do if China decides to give the world a giant middle finger and stop selling its rare metals of which semiconductor chips are made of but so are a lot of other crucial things the world needs and uses. Australia as I understand it has almost as large of supply in the ground of rare metals as China but doesn’t have the infrastructure (yet) to extract it to meet world demand. So if Biden wants to be seen to do something, first step is to go into partnership with its ally (Australia) to get the rare metals out of the ground and then start manufacturing these back home because if China cuts off rare metal supply AND takes over Taiwan (where a great deal of the world’s superconductors are made among other things) with that mentality, China could royally screw the world over. Best to start laying the foundations to circumvent China now while we still can.

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