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In the event you haven’t been following the information this week – and, with how miserable it’s been of late, we wouldn’t blame you – then you might not know that a ship as long as the Empire State building has got stuck in the Suez Canal in Egypt. This is a vital commerce route from Asia to Europe, and has precipitated a backlog of boats which threatens to additional disrupt an already fragile provide chain.

Sony has been battling with semiconductor shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic for months now, and whereas it’s managed to kind of match PlayStation 4’s hardware shipments, demand for PlayStation 5 has far exceeded provide. Whereas semiconductors are typically transported by means of air – and thus are unlikely to be affected by the scenes unfolding on the Suez Canal – Business Insider reviews that the occasions are nearly sure to extend product transport occasions.

There’s a knock-on impact at play right here: ships at present stranded will likely be late to return to ports in Asia to choose up new merchandise, leading to a backlog of products that will take months to appropriate. It’s unclear how straight Sony’s next-gen system will likely be impacted by all of this, however with inventory already quick, this extra complication is unlikely to assist issues in any respect.

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