This iFixit teardown examines the popular Sony PlayStation 5, which first came out over 18 months ago but remains in short supply.

Spencer Chin, Senior Editor

June 30, 2022

1 Min Read
Sony PlayStation 5 Image courtesy of Xinhua / Alamy

Video game systems were a popular item during the COVID-19 pandemic as restricted travel and health concerns forced more families to entertain themselves at home. Sony’s PlayStation 5, the most recent video game system available from the Japanese electronics giant, was officially introduced in November 2020, but getting one has not been easy.

It is not unusual for a popular home entertainment item to be in short supply when it comes out. But ongoing supply-chain issues, along with the product’s popularity, have kept the Sony PlayStation 5 in short supply.  

For those waiting for the next Sony PlayStation, 6, don’t hold your breath. Rumors say PlayStation 6 won’t be available until 2026 at the earliest, so customers will have to be patient and wait for PlayStation 5.

For those who lucky enough to get hold of PlayStation 5, it might be worth viewing this teardown video to understand the inner workings of the system better, in case you run into issues. Video game systems can easily become subject to heavy use and wear, and given ongoing supply-chain issues, obtaining replacement parts or getting the system repaired in a timely manner may be challenging.



About the Author(s)

Spencer Chin

Senior Editor, Design News

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News, covering the electronics beat, which includes semiconductors, components, power, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other related subjects. He is always open to ideas for coverage. Spencer has spent many years covering electronics for brands including Electronic Products, Electronic Buyers News, EE Times, Power Electronics, and electronics360. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him at @spencerchin.

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