Xbox CFO expects supply chain issues to continue through 2022
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Tim Stuart said that things “could remain rocky,” including during the holiday season
Xbox CFO Tim Stuart reportedly said supply chain issues that have been affecting the games market will likely continue throughout the year.
In an investor call hosted by financial services company Baird, Stuart said that he expected “that the supply chain environment could remain rocky through 2022 and the holiday season,” the firm reported.
The supply chain is impacted by recent lockdowns in China, he added.
Manufacturers are facing two issues, according to Stuart: limited parts — which he reportedly said “favour Series S consoles” — and “elevated logistics pricing pressuring margins.”
Supply chain issues have been plaguing the games industry over the past few years. Most recently, Sony reduced its PlayStation 5 forecast to 18 million units for the next financial year due to the ongoing shortage of semiconductors and other vital components.
Last month, Nintendo’s full-year results showed a slight dip in sales, also due to the semiconductor shortage.
In May, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger also shared his concerns regarding supply chain issues, saying that he expects the ongoing shortage to last until 2024.