The global chip shortage, explained
The ongoing global chip shortage means that it could be tougher to buy everything from a PS5 to a Ford truck for the next few months. But fixing the problem might need bigger changes to both how we manufacture processors and the supply chain at large.
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  • The Verge
    The Verge

    What tech are you hoping to buy soon that's currently suffering from supply issues because of the chip shortage?

    • SIG

      Thanks trump😐

    • Philip Mensah
      Philip Mensah

      RTX 3060 😭

    • Tom Ewald
      Tom Ewald

      Neo (chess computer that moves the pieces) from Square Off.

    • Magnum opus
      Magnum opus

      Xbox series x 🙃

    • Baked Blake
      Baked Blake


  • Alexander

    Moral of the story don't use the same dam chip for everything.😆😅🤣

  • Robert J
    Robert J

    1:17 Google translate "techically true" to English -> "a lie"

  • motivate me
    motivate me

    We could manufacture chips on the mars😂

  • Steve Chong
    Steve Chong

    TSMC is too busy and China mainland's tech companies have been placing huge amount of orders to fill up their warehouse in case there's supply ban by the US.

  • Clenchingbear

    Now that hexa core cpu really is super exclusive

  • Akki Bajaj
    Akki Bajaj

    Thanks a lot Trump 🥱

  • Aditya Erath
    Aditya Erath

    linus nice

  • Richie Richer
    Richie Richer

    We also need to reuse old hardware with new software. That 10y old router you have laying around is still capable of most demands, just flash it with new firmware. The same is true for old laptops if your willing to switch from Windows to Linux

  • Time Traveller 2100
    Time Traveller 2100

    Many countries like Japan will defend Taiwan because one of the reason is to preserve technological interest and economic trades.

  • Galvin Stanley
    Galvin Stanley

    There's plenty of room in Texas for a new factory.

  • Sebastian Munoz
    Sebastian Munoz

    I work for a phone store and we didn't have phones for almost two week💀 due to this. Thankfully we got some in but still its not looking good.

  • NoCovid

    The Verge 🤮

    • Days Of Ethan
      Days Of Ethan

      @NoCovid I’m 16 years old bruv

    • Days Of Ethan
      Days Of Ethan

      @NoCovid what kid

    • NoCovid

      @Days Of Ethan Kid, please.

    • Days Of Ethan
      Days Of Ethan

      Shut up

  • Nathaniel Singleton
    Nathaniel Singleton


  • Nathaniel Singleton
    Nathaniel Singleton

    First a ammo shortage, then a chip shortage and maybe a food shortage on the way.

  • 天安门大屠杀1989

    Learn to pronounce huawei correctly you white imperialist

  • Jay Sz
    Jay Sz

    This is a Bolshevik channel

  • Spiritual Cat Lover
    Spiritual Cat Lover


  • Matthew Ng
    Matthew Ng

    Another Trump “victory”

  • Matthew Ng
    Matthew Ng

    Don’t worry guys, China will be self sufficient in a few years and this won’t ever be a problem again

  • BankaiKiller

    Reduce your dependence on China, all of this will help global production lines...

  • Ninja Nerd Student #69
    Ninja Nerd Student #69

    It’s good news for anyone who bought tech products last year because they will have the latest for an extra year.

  • Danny P
    Danny P

    I just bought a bag of chips, what's the issue?

  • Lewis that’s football
    Lewis that’s football


  • Speak out and remove all doubt!
    Speak out and remove all doubt!

    Intel's $20 billion is not close to enough if the US wasn't to be semiconductor independent. The US government needs to step on and spend at least 10-20x this and quickly. (Which is still only something like a quarter of the defence budget EACH YEAR, so easily doable) America could invoke some more Patriot Acts to force America companies to exclusively make chips in America or ban them like Huawei! It would pay for itself pretty quickly that way, bring the much needed increase in chip production capacity the world needs but more importantly it would give the US the independence they so desperately want in these potentially uncertain times.

  • Lizard Man
    Lizard Man

    Just buy it from a scalper lol

  • RajaShekhar Ramineni
    RajaShekhar Ramineni

    That's a nice leather jacket

  • Mubeen Jahangir
    Mubeen Jahangir

    I'm so mad right now. I just want kidnap and beat up those people who destroyed PS5 just for clout, and upload the video of them begging mercy.

  • Just Facts
    Just Facts

    🇺🇲 TRUMP chip shortage, Trump DEFICIT, Trump wall, Trump concentration camps, Trump's Jan 6 TERRIOST attacks! Now it's Biden problem... Which Biden is making worse.

  • P S
    P S

    A great time to have stockpiled some PS5’s.💸

  • Nelson Cartier Gaming
    Nelson Cartier Gaming

    Your house look haunted 😳

  • Talos Project
    Talos Project

    "Lingering effects from Trumps trade war with China". We know this isn't true. .PS5 was MOST widely available when Trump was President. Those pesky facts again

  • Adithya Seetharaman
    Adithya Seetharaman

    No explanation. This is not a quality video.

  • M_ore Fake_News
    M_ore Fake_News


    • M_ore Fake_News
      M_ore Fake_News


  • Paul Ho
    Paul Ho

    Is that a Schott?

  • Mihad Alzayat
    Mihad Alzayat

    At this point I’m waiting for the PlayStation 6

  • Water Bug
    Water Bug

    Wish I had a dial to turn down the halting speech.

  • Magykman

    The graphics and production on this is top notch! Love the isometric style

  • Moneka Woods
    Moneka Woods

    They're saving them for the Mark of the Beast.

  • Armin Hadzic
    Armin Hadzic

    You are aware that Trump is no longer a president?

  • Abdulrahman Alammar
    Abdulrahman Alammar

    Not trying to take sides or anything but It's not a trump administration problem. Biden overrules most of Trump's previous orders with the exception of all the china related sanctions and tariffs. It's a US strategy not the doing of one administration

  • Capt. Price
    Capt. Price

    How did you manage to bring trump into this

  • User1010

    How about recycling older chips? Why no company does a campaign to buy for a chep price ones old tech devices?

  • User1010

    This chip shortage is so stupid. Capitalism has past its tolerable limit. And for a long time now.

  • User1010

    That's what happens when no country in the world does a birth control policy. In 50 years the planet gonna be so crowded, we won't have even basic supplies.

  • Jezza Lenko
    Jezza Lenko

    Need to get over blockchains...

  • Vardhan Shrivastava
    Vardhan Shrivastava

    Do ya'll have the hexacore?

  • Lawrence Whiteside
    Lawrence Whiteside

    How did TSMC endrun around the world? Outsourcing is good for business. Those CEOs should be removed.

  • P R
    P R

    I own both the digital and disc versions of the ps5 and Xbox. I’m good.

  • Natsuki

    Uyghur killing? we don't care Hong Kong killing? we don't care Myanmar killing? we don't care Us should just reveal their technology and let china mass-produce the chips! It's US responsibility to help china and it is US devilish political intension that stop china from producing chips! Chips production has nothing to do with outdated knowledge just US scheme! We only care about chips!

  • Natsuki

    Taiwan where are you when we need you...

  • JK T
    JK T

    Chips have to wait for years to come.

  • M N
    M N

    Lucky enough grab my ps5 on feb second restock from Amazon.

  • Le Revenant
    Le Revenant

    I don't know whether I should feel lucky to have a PS5 or to feel bad because I play all day and have no life lol

    • Lowgone

      Sounds like your living your best life to me 🤷 I wish I could do that

    • Paku Zero
      Paku Zero

      Both hopefully, cuz then you can create a healthy schedule, but the easiest way to do more fulfiling stuff is to cut ties with your addiction (I only used this word since you seem unhappy with your amount of use of your device) thats holding you back

  • Sir Loin
    Sir Loin

    Took me till March 9th to secure an order from GameStop and only reason I got it was because it was a bundle and was over $700 almost 800 with tax. If you priced it out I only paid $3-4 dollars over if I had bought everything separate. But I didn’t want the spider man or COD game or the $20 dollar GameStop gift card. But it was the only way I could secure one, I kinda lazily tried before the but that week I ramped up my efforts. Haha I have maybe played for total of 5-8 hours since then total. I’m 40 and have 2 small kids and not a lot of time.

  • Sana Shy
    Sana Shy

    Protect taiwan at all cost!

  • Awhoo Thunder
    Awhoo Thunder

    I just need entry level GPU...😒 I don't have much time.😞

  • Rose Marry Church
    Rose Marry Church

    “Perhaps brains or a skill are the most portable and best wealth preserver.”Earn 30,000$ every week from your own investment. Ask me how

  • nnn nnn
    nnn nnn

    No, Apple make own processors. They licencing architecture, not chips.

  • Andreas Steinhart
    Andreas Steinhart

    M1 isn’t an ARM license.

  • Paine010

    I kind of feel sorry for everyone that has bought the PS5. The reason why is, I strongly believe that this shortage will not be lifted until about 2023 and then it will take about 2 to 3 years after that until enough people have the system to make it justifiable for the developers to make games exclusively for the PS5. The problem is by that time, it will be time for Sony to start winding down the PS5 and promoting the PS6. So, at this point Sony has two options. They can either not promote the PS6 and still push for the PS5, which then will cannibalize the PS6 when it comes out and then will make the people who jump to the PS6 really late in the product lifecycle, which then will just rippled to all subsequent generations, or they can just stop promoting the PS5 and just accept the PS5 as a failure and push the PS6, which will then stop the ripple and keep it confined to the PS5. I don’t see them being able to do both because it would be contradictory and just be confusing to the customers. So, I think the most business sense would be to do the latter. If you think about it Sony has already started to do this. They have had meetings about this and that is why you see all the AAA games being push back as far as they can push them. So, I think they are going to try and keep most of the good games held back as far as possible and make them for the PS6 and make the library of games for the PS5 scarce. It seems like the AAA games that are being released first are the ones that had the least interest in them. So, again, I kind of feel bad for whoever bought the PS5 as I strongly believe it is going to be the least supported generation of console.

  • derek groutage
    derek groutage

    Id sell my ps5 not much of an upgrade from the ps4 tbf

  • PsyMongazoid


  • Kottonstream

    Bet they make another one with a more abundant chip lmao

  • davidwave4

    So, the issue is the same issue all across tech: consolidation and monopoly. Great!

  • Brendon O'Connell II
    Brendon O'Connell II

    Ask Intel Israel why they backdoored and destroyed the 10nm process?

  • Jonathan.HDK.O'Toole

    When was this video made???

  • omar ali h
    omar ali h

    As ps6 🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲

  • Eveline Caroline Lienhua MingMei FenFang Huang
    Eveline Caroline Lienhua MingMei FenFang Huang

    Playstation 5 is the Best Console in the World Yay!!! 😍😍😍

  • matteo ceccotti
    matteo ceccotti

    Chaim, your delivery and tone gets better and better every video. The improvements from your first Verge video to now are really noticeable, great stuff! Also, Alix I love those frame within frames you did starting at 0:31 and especially the last one with the PS controller in the foreground while the host says "next gen consoles". I thought those were really really sweet.

  • Neiru

    ok confirmed 2025 is where my PS5 coming home T_T

  • Siddhant Das
    Siddhant Das

    He forgot to mention water. Time and water are the 2 main shortages.

  • Gibran Bedra
    Gibran Bedra

    Lol..."American components, Russian components... ALL MADE IN TAIWAN"- Russian cosmonaut from the movie Armageddon.

  • Batman's Wholesale Acrylic Paints
    Batman's Wholesale Acrylic Paints

    Chaim that is a hot af brown jacket

  • Speed2550

    Who else is watching this but has a ps5

  • TheTrueHappy

    Not one mention of bots and scalpers...

  • Patriot Catalyst
    Patriot Catalyst

    This has nothing to do with the trade war and everything to do with the democratic plandemic.

  • Dayron Leon
    Dayron Leon

    None of this will matter when we’re breathing fire and can’t grow crops in a methane polluted environment. Cheers!

    • Paku Zero
      Paku Zero

      Thats just not gonna happen tbh, it might get kind of bad, but at some point it will become more profitable for companies to look for green solutions, but only once that happens will we get real change

    • Cyber Coltz
      Cyber Coltz

      Just ten more years and we will at least get one technological breakthrough or we are genuinely f**ked soon.

  • Akash Sharma
    Akash Sharma

    This is a heavily US focused video , it doesn't explain why shortage is worldwide.

    • Akash Sharma
      Akash Sharma

      @Nic Foster trump's war with china doesn't concern rest of the world

    • Nic Foster
      Nic Foster

      TSMC makes the chips for much of the world, and the devices used throughout the world aren’t much different than the ones in the US. If we’re sharing mostly the same devices, then we’re all pulling from the same pool of chips, so if there’s a chip shortage in the US, there will probably be one everywhere else too. This is why one of the people in the video brought up that Intel is increasing domestic supply, so we don’t have a single bottleneck like TSMC making chips for everyone and not being able to keep up with demand.

  • Malachi Emerson
    Malachi Emerson

    Playstation 6???

  • swng

    I don't understand the editing choice that is playing your video on a laptop/phone screen and recording that like at 0:32 and 0:34 and 0:37 It just makes the actual content smaller for no reason.

    • David Paris
      David Paris

      It's showing the devices that are currently in short supply because of the semiconductor shortage

  • swng

    2 weeks after LTT covered this topic

  • Ryan Hill
    Ryan Hill


  • Mariachee Bandidos
    Mariachee Bandidos

    1:15, so when apple says it was making it's own phones, ... btw, apple doesn't license chip design from arm.

  • ozzyg82

    Don’t lie, man. I see loads of PS5 on eBay still - that means they’re out there being made - it’s just Scalpers are still terrorising gamers.

    • Moneka Woods
      Moneka Woods

      They're hiding them all for the Mark of the Beast. But don't worry. They'll resume once everyone is chipped.

    • Ex Tra
      Ex Tra

      No ones saying they aren’t being made, limited supply is why scalpers can do what they’re doin. Plus the ones you see on eBay are the olds already sold to the scalper and not yet resold, doesn’t mean there’s a steady supply

  • TheUnorthodoxx

    That "Trade War" was to fuel domestic production/development of Tech and not to rely on other countries... growing pains I guess?

  • Kush Kamble
    Kush Kamble

    video should be titled " the chip shortage explained"

  • Elijah Begley
    Elijah Begley

    Guess what if you cop a PS5 in 2021 you are an actual super hero or a bot, either way it's a W

  • Zoli

    I suggest you wait a few years before you buy this console! It's extremely young and you won't be missing out on too much! Also, don't listen to spoilt rich kids or idiots who are trying to convince you that you have to buy it ASAP or else you will be missing out!

  • Zander

    You do realize the trade embargo was against china, not taiwan, right? TSMC was relatively safe from it as the majority of its factories are outside china.

    • Neil

      You are not so bright huh 🙄, Raw, construction materials, importantly the almost entire component Silicon, rare earth materials that goes into manufacturing a chip comes from china because china supplies 90% of the the Rare earth materials & 70 % raw materials to the world. So if you put trade embargo china, you will also get hit. Duh......😅

  • BKLYN Gamer 77
    BKLYN Gamer 77

    With the PS5 and Series X being in short supply because of this chip issue, it's also hard to find previous console gen consoles like Xbox One and Ps4 or PS4 Pro. Crazy. Everyone became a gamer since the pandemic, literally almost everyone.

    • Simz Zxy
      Simz Zxy

      except me

  • VenusOn Fire
    VenusOn Fire

    I've pre-ordered my ps5, will get it in june-july.

    • N boyer
      N boyer


    • Roy Hoy!
      Roy Hoy!


  • awais ahmed
    awais ahmed

    Trump's fault

  • avicohen2k

    Nothing new on the shortage at least Haim had a nice makeover, lol,

    • Cyber Coltz
      Cyber Coltz

      There is no news

  • SIAM 3963
    SIAM 3963

    PS5: *Running out of stock* Retailers: Let's do what's called a pro gamer's move Raises the price from $499 to $799

    • mahesh s
      mahesh s

      It makes sense though. Price is basically a ratio of Demand & Supply. So if the Demand for a PS5 is constant but the Supply is lower(running out of stock), the ratio will increase leading to an increase in price.

  • wanderer 666
    wanderer 666

    Got my ps5 release day from Amazon and Xbox series x on release day , I must have been so lucky.

  • Deven Bhatt
    Deven Bhatt

    3:04 ford truck..Lol😁

  • Archie Garcia
    Archie Garcia

    Was looking forward to a bunch of next-gen only video games… doubt any developers will do that now considering no one has next gen consoles 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Saul Goodman
    Saul Goodman

    How did working from home have to do with any of this? I'll bet 75%+ computers that were bought, were used, of already manufactured. New ones didn't have to be manufactured.

  • Saul Goodman
    Saul Goodman

    You can also blame these companies for making all these electronics. Does Google really need to make a new Google speaker every 4 months, and make like 5 different sizes. Does Amazon need to make a new Alexa device every 4 months, and make like 5 different versions. Does Nest have to come out with new products every 6 months, that does the same thing as the older model does. Does car makers have to make like 20 million cars every year, when half of them don't get sold. And they either go and get scraped, of sold to wholesalers. How many different versions of Galaxy phone do you need. They make like 10 versions every year.

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