What you need to know
- Sony was reportedly producing around six million PS5 units by the end of 2020.
- Now, new reports indicate production is increasing to around 10 million units by the end of 2020.
- This decision is due to the global pandemic increasing the overall demand for gaming.
Previously, reports from Bloomberg indicated that the PlayStation 5 would be more supply-contstrained at launch than its predecessor the PS4. Now, it appears that could be changing. A report from Nikkei Asian Review indicates that after originally planning to produce around six million consoles by March 2021, Sony is upping its production to around nine million units.
Bloomberg is corroborating this development with a new report. Per Bloomberg's sources, Sony is aiming to produce around 10 million PS5 units by the end of 2020. This decision is being made as a result of Sony seeing increased demand for gaming due to the global pandemic. While shipping lanes have cleared somewhat, there are still some concerns about being able to ship these consoles in time for the holiday shopping period.
NPD analyst Mat Piscatella noted on Twitter that if these numbers are achieved, around 2 million consoles will likely be available in the U.S, making for a "very good launch holiday" compared to many other console launches.
Sony recently unveiled a slate of big PS5 titles such as Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a Demon's Souls remake. We've also gotten a look at what PS5 games cases will look like. The PS5 is currently expected to launch at some point in Holiday 2020.
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