Friday, 7 Aug 2020

Sony Is Now Preparing 9-10 Million PS5 Consoles For Production, Report Says

A new report from the Nikkei Asian Review has some interesting details on the PlayStation 5. The site’s sources claim that Sony is significantly increasing its shipment projection for the next-generation console. This comes after a report from April said PS5’s launch supply could be lower than PS4, but now that apparently will not be the case.

The company has increased its production orders from 6 million units to 9 million units, though the window of time for their production was not mentioned in the report. These units will be assembled at Sony’s new factory in Japan where robots outnumber humans. Separately, Bloomberg reported that Sony is aiming to produce 10 million PS5 consoles by the end of 2020.

“The electronics giant has informed assembly partners and suppliers it’s radically increasing orders for its next-generation console, though logistics may yet pose a challenge to delivering all those machines on time for the holiday shopping season, the people said, asking to remain anonymous,” Bloomberg reported.

Nikkei’s sources mentioned that order numbers could change in either direction based on market demand, so the 9-10 million figure is likely not set in stone.

Neither report had any details on the breakdown of production orders for the PS5 by SKU. In addition to the standard PS5, Sony is producing a disc-free PS5 edition. On top of these two consoles, Sony will continue to manufacture the PS4 and the PS4 Pro.

Karn Chauhan, a senior analyst with Counterpoint, told Nikkei Asian Review it makes sense that Sony would seek to increase its production pipeline for the PS5 due to the pandemic and how it’s led to a surge in gaming. “During the pandemic, the gaming industry witnessed a record number of online player additions as more consumers are considering gaming as entertainment at home,” Chauhan said.

The same Nikkei Asian Review report said Facebook is looking to increase the production of Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets to 2 million units.

Recently, a pre-order page for the PS5 went live on Amazon, prompting some people to speculate that Sony might announce a release date and price soon. As of yet, that hasn’t happened, but the console is confirmed to release this holiday season.

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