Intel CEO Believes Global Chip Shortage Will Last Until 2024

The Xbox Series X and Playstation have been hard finds for over a year since they launched. A global chip shortage is one of the many reasons for the short supply, and according to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, the short supply will continue until 2024.

In a recent interview on CNBC Data Check, Gelsinger who previously mentioned that the chip shortage will last until 2023 has updated his prediction, tacking on another year. Mr. Gelsinger believes that shortages are likely to continue because essential manufacturing tools are not readily available, so manufacturing cannot keep up with increasing demand.

“That’s part of the reason that we believe the overall semiconductor shortage will now drift into 2024, from our earlier estimates in 2023, just because the shortages have now hit equipment and some of those factory ramps will be more challenged…”

– Pat Gelsinger via CNBC

For what it’s worth, things do seem to be improving as availability has improved. One can’t simply walk into a store and purchase a new Xbox Series X or PS5 easily, but if you stay on your toes, patient gamers are finding them online.

On the Xbox Series X|S front, in particular, people are getting their hands on console. Could be the reason why they are selling so well. Who would have thought.

[Source: CNBC]

Capcom Plans to Make PC Their Lead Platform in the Next Few Years

While speaking to Nikkei, Capcom’s COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto has stated that the company is planning to “mainly focus on PC software” in the future.

“PC is driving global sales… We have recently stated that we will make the PC our main platform. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we focused on exhibiting the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise, and I think people will be able to experience the change in our approach.

“The pandemic is changing the way people look at PCs. Smartphones are convenient, but their screens are small, and their touch panels are difficult to operate, so they are not suitable for home working or school classes. I think PCs will be the next big thing after smartphones.

“We will expand our business for dedicated game consoles, which has been the mainstream up to now, but PC will be the mainstream in the future… Next year or the year after, we want to equalize the ratio of sales to PCs and dedicated consoles.”

Nikkei

PC gaming has always been a bit of a draw personally, because I love POWER, and because I’m a BALLER now.

When I was younger and on a budget, having the best gaming PC was what I aspired to. However, now that I’m an adult and can afford a gaming PC, I just don’t want the hassle. I want to sit on my couch with minimal setup. I get that PCs are more convenient now compared to twenty years ago, but I just don’t care, as I’m just that lazy.

[Source: Nikkei]

E3 is Not Dead Yet… Announces 2021 Plans

COVID-19 did in E3 2020, but the ESA is not ready to throw in the towel just yet for good. They have announced plans that E3 2021 is in the works.

According to Gamesindustry.biz, the ESA shared news with its partners that E3 2021 June 15 to 17. Even though no live event will be held this year, the ESA are “exploring options with [their] members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020.”

So life goes on for E3, in some capacity or another. Either way, if an E3 2021 does take place, there should be plenty of games to showcase on fancy new consoles.

[Source: Gamesindsutry.biz]

Coronavirus Adds the Final Nail to E3 2020’s Coffin

COVID-19 (aka the Coronavirus) has officially finished of E3 2020.

The ESA made it official on Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

“After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry…we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020… Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation.”

ESA

Phil Spencer, Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, chimed in via Twitter. Spencer assures that even though there will be no conference, fans can expect future announcements via digital events.

Microsoft was one of only a few remaining large companies still planning to attend E3 2020.

Sony, Geoff Keighley, Valve, Activision Blizzard, already announced that they are not attending this year’s E3.

This may very well be the end of E3 for good. Given the high profile pull-outs, the conference no longer has the same influence it once did. Now, we will have a year without E3 due to COVID-19. If things turn out okay, this may very well prove that E3 is no longer needed.

[Source: ESA]

Gamestop Hopes that Reggie Fils-Aime Becomes Their Personal Savior

Reggie Fils-Aime, the hulking former Nintendo of America President did not stay retired long. He has joined Gamestop’s corporate board to help right the sinking ship that is USS Gamestop.

Good luck Reggie. The game industry is a better place when Reggie is involved. And hopefully, Reggie will help turn things around at Gamestop.

[Source: Twitter]

Microsoft Announces That Xbox Exclusives Will Remain Exclusive to Xbox…What?

According to a Gamesindustry.biz post, Microsoft has no immediate plans to release exclusive Xbox games on other consoles. Instead, Microsoft will focus on its own platforms.

I’m a simple man, so perhaps I was confused by what ‘exclusive’ actually means.

Okay, so I’m not a total dumbass. Anyway in statement to Gamesindustry.biz, Microsoft did clarify:

“The past year has been an exciting time for us as we have more than doubled the internal creative teams making up Xbox Game Studios. As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them. However, going forward these new studios will focus on making games for our platforms. We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first party games to other consoles. We continue to believe deeply in cross play and progression of games with the right flexibility for developers to insure a fair and fun experience.”

Gamesindustry.biz

Microsoft has been releasing titles like Ori and the Blind Forest on Switch as well as Minecraft on multiple platforms. A new generation of consoles is coming into view and Microsoft has been acquiring studios. I’m not surprised that Microsoft wants its investments supporting its own interests.

[Source: Gamesindustry.biz]

Insomniac Games Acquired By Sony—Now Part of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Believe it or not, Sony does not own Insomniac Games. It only appeared that way since many games from Insomniac are Sony exclusives. There won’t be anymore exceptions to this rule, because Insomniac is officially part of PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

Sony has locked down a premiere developer. Insomniac had a monster hit with Spiderman on the PS4. Imagine what they can do with Spiderman 2 on the PS5.

[Source: Sony]

After 2 Shootings, Walmart Removes Violent Video Game Displays—Still Selling Firearms

I don’t want to open up a big fucking can of worms here, but seriously Walmart?

Let’s recap the senselessness.

  • July 30, two Walmart employees are shot and killed in Mississippi.
  • August 3, twenty-two people were tragically killed in a mass shooting in at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
  • August 8, some dumb motherfucker strolls into a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri armed with a rifle while donning body armor and military-style clothing.

Walmart has an problem here. So the dumb corporate fucks do the most sensible thing… Take down displays of violent video games, of course.

Many gun control advocates are rallying to get Walmart to at least temporarily stop sales of firearms. I mean what’s worse, a poster of firearms in the electronics section, or actual fucking firearms. Walmart, however, does not agree with this logic, as per spokesman Randy Hargrove:

“There’s been no change in policy,” adding that the retailer has been focused on caring for customers and employees in the El Paso community. “It’s horrible … what’s happened.’’

USA Today

Stopping sales of firearms, even temporarily, will obviously harm Walmart’s bottom line. It’s easier to just go back to the good ole standby that old, out-of-touch, limp dick politicians and corporations have been using for years. Blame the video games.

Sony Has Sold a Big Ole Pile of PlayStation 4s—Fanboys Dancing in the Streets

Not too long ago, Microsoft announced their Xbox sales numbers and things were not so rosy for the tech giant. Sony has followed that up by providing their own sales numbers, totally rubbing salt in the wound.

In the latest fiscal report for Q1, Sony confirms that 100 million PS4s have been shipped since the 2013 launch to June 30, 2019. That’s is a shit ton of consoles shipped to retailers. The cherry on top is that Sony sold to customers 91.6 million consoles through 2018. That is also a shit ton of consoles in people’s homes.

PlayStation 5 is planned to come out 2020, but the PS4 has plenty of life left with this install base.

[Source: Sony]

Xbox Sales Are Down 48%—Mass Hysteria Ensues

Microsoft had a recent investor call and the news was not so rosy on the gaming front.

Gaming revenue declined 10% (down 8% in constant currency) with Xbox software and services revenue down 3% (down 1% in constant currency)

Microsoft

Of course, this pales in comparison to the below:

Source: Microsoft (Hey Xbox Live users grew!)

Shit balls that is bad. Of course, the Sony fanboys are gloating and Xbox fanboys are making excuses.

As always, it’s something in the middle. The Xbox One has always struggled against the PS4 since Don Mattrick shit the bed at launch. However, Phil Spencer has turned things around, setting up the next generation.

Speaking of next-gen, Microsoft has whipped their dick out and pretty much revealed what is in the works, so a decline in current hardware sales is to be expected.

Microsoft is also shifting their approach, to be more services centric, than hardware first, even though they claim that the Xbox Scarlett will be a force to be reckoned with. Microsoft is concentrating on multiple fronts, hedging their bets on what the future of gaming will be.

With that said, holy shit, a 48% drop is HUUUUUUGE. Hope Spencer and company have plan in place, because they have their work cut out for them.

[Source: Microsoft]