TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp lifted its entire-12 months income outlook by a single-third, helped by pandemic-fuelled demand from customers for game titles, films and other content, but claimed it was struggling to develop enough PlayStation 5 consoles amid a international shortage of semiconductors.

The electronics and enjoyment conglomerate said on Wednesday some buyers might have to wait around more time for their consoles as it competes for chips with other companies ranging from smartphone makers to vehicle organizations.

“It is tricky for us to improve output of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other factors,” Chief Money Officer Hiroki Totoki reported at a press briefing.

Sony expects to promote much more than 7.6 million PS5 consoles by finish-March, he added.

PS5, which sells for as substantially as $500, immediately bought out after its start on on-line retail web-sites in the United States and Japan in November, thanks to demand for videogames from people trapped at house thanks to coronavirus lockdowns.

The change to the new game titles console is also predicted to encourage gamers to go to online downloads or membership providers, serving to Sony strengthen the profitability of its gaming unit.

Sony now expects 940 billion yen ($8.95 billion) in working financial gain in the 12 months via March compared with the 700 billion yen it formerly forecast.

Totoki also reported Sony experienced resumed some shipments of picture sensors to shoppers in China from late November.

Sony experienced anxious about the probable impression on its sensor organization following U.S. constraints on profits of chips utilizing U.S. technology to Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Systems Co Ltd.

In November, Huawei disclosed strategies to promote its funds-model smartphone maker Honor. After the spin-off, Honor previous thirty day period reported it experienced signed specials with chip suppliers and part makers, together with Sony.

Huawei was Sony’s second-most significant image sensor purchaser soon after Apple Inc, accounting for about fifth of its $10 billion in sensor earnings, in accordance to analysts.

Sony’s running income for the October-December quarter jumped 20% to 359.2 billion yen from a yr in the past, perfectly earlier a consensus 179 billion yen estimate from six analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.

Traditionally much better regarded for hardware like the Walkman songs player and TVs, Sony has invested greatly in the latest decades in beefing up its entertainment choices whilst streamlining its buyer electronics enterprise.

This yr it programs to close a factory in Malaysia which manufactures property audio tools, headphones and other products and solutions.

Reporting by Tim Kelly Enhancing by Kenneth Maxwell and Raju Gopalakrishnan