A Bloomberg report stated that Sony would make about 4 million fewer PlayStation 5 systems in its current fiscal year, cutting production for a weaker supply chain that provides the console’s motherboard.
Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, Sony now expects to make about 11 million units, Bloomberg said. Those sources said that production yields for custom-designed silicon PS5s have fallen by less than 50%. While those yields have improved, they have not stabilized to a reliable level.
Sony planned to make 5 to 6 million PS5s in April, according to internal plans put forth by Bloomberg at the time. But the company doubled those plans after the summer when quarantine lifestyles pushed its PlayStation Plus membership to record levels, and generated large sales for first-party exclusions. The last of us part 2 And Tsushima’s ghost.
For comparison, Sony’s original, publicly shared sales estimate for PlayStation 4 saw 5 million PS4s to be sold on the shelves during its first five months. The PS4 ended 7.5 million units of sales from November 15, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
Sony is expected to announce prices, launch and pre-order dates during a presentation on Wednesday afternoon. Rival Microsoft has already introduced Sept 22 as a launch date for its Xbox Series X (and Series S) with a pre-order of $ 499 on November 10 and a $ 299 console debut.