PS5, Xbox Series X
We are not even close to arriving at a point where new generation consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X and S are going to be widely available, it seems.
While it’s very clear that this holiday is out the window, and these consoles will remain incredibly hard to find due to limited stock and instant sellouts (and scalping!), that is not changing any time soon thanks to a global component shortage that is not improving.
Toshiba has told Bloomberg that “the supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year” with “”some customers not being fully served until 2023.”
While many different industries use the chips and components that are in short supply, there is special acknowledgement of the gaming industry as one of the largest consumers:
“We consider which customer faces the most severe situation, such as the risk of the whole production line halting or the business getting obliterated without the supply of chips,” Toshiba director Takeshi Kamebuchi said. “Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and I’m sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have a 100% satisfaction.”
The current situation has created a rather odd circumstance where both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are setting records, respectively, and yet they’re being hard limited by supply at the same time, so we don’t know how fast and how much they might have sold if supply was anywhere close to being able to meet demand. Microsoft has proclaimed that the Xbox Series X/S is the fastest selling Xbox launch of all time. Sony has said that the PS5 is the fastest-selling console…period, over this launch window. But again, these sales would have soared even higher without these component restrictions and shortages.
There really is not all that much to be done about this, and consumers will simply have to be patient. Some have theorized that Sony changing the PS5s heatsink in its newest model may open the console up for wider availability using different materials, albeit that doesn’t solve the chip problem.
Eventually, this will even out, and yet this will remain a strange launch era for both consoles unlike anything we’ve seen in the industry to date. When all is said and done it stands to reason that the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S may be two of the top selling consoles for their respective companies, but we’re a long ways from seeing their max potential so long as supply remains painfully short of demand. And we’ve got at least a year of this left, it seems.
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EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are already celebrating their anniv and Valentines Day – GMA News Online
EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are celebrating Valentines Day and their 9th anniversary early — as in January early.
On his Instagram Stories, EA posted a couple photo of the two of them inside a parked car and greeted his girlfriend a Happy Valentines Day as well as an advanced happy 9th anniversary because "same kami ng schedule ng lock-in taping," EA said.
"Happy Valentine's Day! Happy 9th anniversary! Advance ko na Baba," he continued.
"Mami-miss kita. See you in 2 months," EA said as he tagged Shaira.
Shaira, who has gone into quarantine for "Lolong" taping, reposted EA's IG Stories and said she was also "gonna miss you baba."
"See you soon!" Shaira wrote after three crying face emojis.
"Advance HVD and happy anniv, too!" She greeted EA.
The two are each working on a project that will have both of them in locked-in taping through February. — LA, GMA News
Argentina: Codere Introduces Zitro’s LOTBA-Approved Online Games – GamblingNews.com
Global gaming industry provider, Zitro, announced on Thursday that its online subsidiary Zitro Digital expanded its presence in the Latin American region.
Zitro Digital revealed that its portfolio of digital games is available for the first time within the jurisdiction of the City of Buenos Aires, thanks to a deal with Codere Group. As a result, players can enjoy the highly-popular Video Bingo games, as well as the famous progressive multigame Pick & Win.
To complete the deal, Zitro received approval from the gaming regulator of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires called Loteria de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Sociedad del Estado (LOTBA). As a result, the company’s digital games were approved for casinos licensed within the jurisdiction. The company’s games have been highly successful for years throughout land-based casinos. However, now, players in the autonomous city of Buenos Aires can enjoy those games via desktop PC, tablet, or mobile devices.
The latest move complements Zitro’s ongoing expansion in Argentina. Besides the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, back in December, the company increased its presence in the country by completing three casino installations. As a result, Zitro’s highly popular games and cabinets were introduced to three venues in the Mendoza region.
Besides Latin America, Zitro’s games are also popular in Europe. In fact, last month, Zitro’s most popular games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues in France. Consequently, the top-performing Link Me and Link King games were introduced to more Barrière Group venues.
Zitro’s Regional Director for Latin America, Alejandra Burato, deemed the company’s steady growth as an outstanding achievement. Moreover, she acknowledged that the growth helps pave the way for Zitro to enter new jurisdictions in Argentina and around the globe. Burato revealed that creating a “product that is as successful and profitable to operators as our land-based games” is the main goal for Zitro. She explained that after the team’s hard work the company is proud to see this goal become reality.
“It is an outstanding achievement to watch Zitro Digital growing steadily and opening the way to new online casino markets not only in Argentina but across all continents.”
Moreover, Burato said that receiving approval by the LOTBA is an important step for the expansion of Zitro Digital. She added that Zitro is grateful for Codere Group’s trust. In conclusion, Burato said that the company is “excited about adding new game titles soon.”
“We are convinced that players will enjoy the same success in the online channel and that it will support our omnichannel growth strategy.”
Codere online’s regional director, Salo Leder, added that bringing world-class entertainment for its clients in Argentina is a key priority for the company. He acknowledged that this partnership brings a “broad portfolio of online video bingo and Zitro video slots games,” which have already proved to be successful at brick-and-mortar casinos. In conclusion, Leder predicted that the same success will be observed within the online channel, which will further help Codere grow.
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