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Semiconductor shortage hitting console production to be investigated by White House

President Biden is planning to file an executive order later today investigating the supply shortage of semiconductors that's hit automakers and console developers alike.

President Biden is expected today to sign an executive order directing a review of the supply chain behind critical materials, including the production of semiconductors necessary for console production.

The news comes by way of a report in the Wall Street Journal. Console-makers have been reporting over the last month that a shortage of semiconductors is preventing them from increasing production of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and even Nintendo switch devices.

Biden's order is calls for a 100-day review of supply chains for the semiconductors and other key resources, including large-capacity batteries, pharmaceuticals, and rare-earth elements.

The order would not immediately correct the near-term chip shortage, but could result in new plans to prevent future shortages.

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