Lisa Su says it shows there was higher demand than expected.
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Sony and Microsoft launched their new consoles at the tail end of 2020. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S were said to both be successes by their respective publishers with stock issues now plaguing both companies as their systems sold out instantly. Some of the people behind the machines are quite thrilled about it, too.
In a remote Q&A, as transcribed by VentureBeat, AMD CEO Lisa Su spoke on the two consoles and their success. AMD provided tech for both of them, and she stated that she was thrilled with how the launches went. She said that it helped to indicate that there was a much higher demand than even they realized for the machines. She also said they were working to try and get all of their components ready to go to provide more systems.
“We’re thrilled with how the console launches went. You’ve heard separately from Sony and Microsoft, their discussions about the size of the launches and the reception of the products. From our standpoint, if you think about it, with just the amount of new hardware that had to come into place — millions of units of both consoles, or all three consoles — that needed to ship, it came together very nicely.
“As far as what we’ve learned, there is higher demand than we thought, and we’re trying to put more capacity in place for that. But we’re very happy with the launches, with the partnerships with both Sony and Microsoft. They have somewhat different strategies, but we’ve partnered very well with both of them. This is a big cycle. That says a lot about how much technology we’ve been able to integrate into the console form factor.”
As it stands now, the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are hard to get in most regions. It’s unclear when those issues will be taken care of and the systems will become more mass produced, but both companies are said to be working on getting more stock out there this year. Hopefully, by at least summer, they will be more readily available.