During the early hours of September 15, Bloomberg reported that Sony had reduced the initial production of the PlayStation 5 by 4 million. Due to the above, the company could only distribute 11 million units before the end of March 2021, and not 15 as planned. However, those in Japan have come out to deny the information, calling it « false » and ensuring that they have not made modifications to the initial manufacture.
« While we do not release details related to the production, the information provided by Bloomberg is false. We have not changed the production number of PlayStation 5 since the inception of mass production, « a Sony spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz. So the company quickly ended a rumor that began to generate some concern among people hoping to get the PlayStation 5 at launch or at the Christmas season.
Interest in the news is heightened as Sony is about to hold the definitive PS5 event on September 16. Bloomberg mentioned that the production of the console was reduced due to a alleged problem in the manufacture of the SoC. And it is that the plant responsible for manufacturing this component had not been able to deliver the units required by Sony. Although the specific cause was not mentioned, it was apparently related to the impacts of the pandemic on the Chinese production chain.
60 flights to distribute the PS5
Many people began to worry about a possible shortage of units during the launch. However, it appears that Sony has at least 10 million units insured to cover the first months of its platform’s life. Obviously, a high initial demand could make it difficult to find it in some regions. According to Daniel Ahmad, one of the most trusted sources in the video game industry, Sony booked 60 flights in October to more quickly distribute the PlayStation 5. Sure, transporting it by air will be significantly more expensive than doing it by ship.
Sony are using air freight to ensure that PS5 can meet demand / supply enough units
The company has booked 60 flights from October (Delta 747) to ship consoles to retailers. This supply is expected to last through the quarter
Air freight is faster than sea, but more expensive.
– Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 14, 2020
Will the above influence the final price of the hardware? We have to be patient and wait a few hours to be able to confirm it. Remember that the next PS5 Showcase will be held on September 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Spain and 3:00 p.m. in Mexico. It is practically a fact that we will know the price and the release date, as well as the exclusive games that will accompany the console in mid-November – presumably.