Sony reportedly producing millions fewer PS5 consoles than expected
The tech gaints company has got manufacturing issues
Sony has reduced it expectations for PlayStation 5 production by four million units and now expects to manufacture about 11 million units come March ending, according to a new Bloomberg report.
Bloomberg had initially reported that Sony was aiming to boost production to around 10 million units by the end of December, but now says that the company is now encountering manufacturing problems.
The PS5’s system-on-a-chip, its core processing component designed with AMD, is said to be a particular issue with yields as low as 50 percent at one point, meaning that half the parts produced weren’t fit to ship. While that figure has been improving, according to Bloomberg, the yields are “yet to reach a stable level.”
The related figure is still well above what Sony had aimed to have been originally planning for the PS5 launch. As of this April, Sony was reportedly expecting to produce five to six million consoles by the end of March, fewer than it released for the PS4 launch in 2013. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, caused the company to sharply increase its forecasts as the gaming industry boomed in popularity.
Meanwhile, Sony will be holding an online PS5 event on Wednesday where it is likely to reveal the final price and offer date for the console, which comes in two variants: one with a disc drive and one without. Till pricing details are confirmed, it’ll be hard to speculate on whether Sony will have enough supply to meet increasing demands.