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Biden Administration to Review Supply Chains Causing PS5, Xbox X|S Shortages

President Joe Biden has ordered a review of semiconductor chip supply chains.
President Joe Biden has ordered a review of semiconductor chip supply chains. / Pool/Getty Images

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to investigate the supply chain problems that have caused shortages for PlayStation 5s, Xbox Series X|Ss, and graphics cards.

The 100-day review will examine the supply chains for pharmaceuticals, rare earth minerals, semiconductor chips and large-capacity batteries, aiming to plug up vulnerabilities and make other improvements, per NBC News. Ultimately, the administration hopes to increase domestic production and strengthen ties to international producers.

The review won't fix immediate shortages, which AMD CEO Lisa Su recently predicted would last throughout the first half of 2021. (AMD makes the chips powering both next-gen consoles.) But the Biden administration hopes it will prevent future shortages with beefed up domestic production.

"This is about making sure that the United States can meet every challenge we face in this new era," Biden said when signing the order. "The best way to do that is by protecting and sharpening America's competitive edge by investing here at home."

Semiconductor shortages have been cited as major problems across several industries. In addition to slowing the supply of next-gen consoles and graphics cards, the problem has hamstrung automobile and phone manufacturers.