>Both consoles would have more stock available, more launch software (including more next-gen experiences) and more problems ironed out.
The stock issues are a result of demand of chips being incredibly high, across the board. The stock issues aren't a result of supply being abnormally low, it's a result of demand being abnormally high. The PS5 is the fastest selling console ever. People keep saying despite the supply issues, it's selling well. But the reality is closer to it has supply issues because they are selling well. People are getting the cause and effect backwards. And no, it probably wouldn't have been advantageous for Sony and Microsoft to delay their system due to stock issues. They're almost certainly benefitting in some ways due to the high demand of releasing during Covid. The launch software was a selective choice that was made. Delaying it by a year, wouldn't make much of a difference.
A couple of operating system problems definitely could have been sorted out, but those are things that Sony has had difficulties with in the past as it is.
Wow. IF anything looking at this thread has just showed me how bad Sony launch lineups have been when Sony fans are saying this is the best.
Most consoles have bad launch lineups.
PS3 and PS4 were terrible.
PS3: Genji and Resistance. It had a pretty bad library until like 2009.
PS4: Killzone Shadowfall, Knack, Driveclub, Infamous Second Son were pretty much the big exclusive titles for the first year.
PS5 has already had Spiderman MM, Ratchet and Clank, Returnal, Demon's Souls, Astro's Playroom, Sackboy. With Horizon coming later this year.