Sony has cut its expectations for PlayStation 5 production by four million units and now expects to produce approx. 11 million units by the end of March, according to a new Bloomberg report. Bloomberg had previously reported that Sony planned to increase production to around 10 million units by the end of December, but now says the company has encountered manufacturing problems.
The PS5’s system-on-a-chip, its core processing component designed with AMD, is said to be a particular problem with yields as low as 50 percent at a time, meaning that half of the parts produced were not suitable to be shipped. While this figure has improved, according to Bloomberg, interest rates “have not yet reached a stable level.”
The revised figure is still far above what Sony is said to have originally planned for the PS5 launch. As of April, Sony reportedly expected to produce five to six million consoles by the end of March, which would have been fewer than it did for the PS4 launch in 2013. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the company to sharpen. increase its forecasts as the gaming industry increases in popularity.
Sony is hosting an online PS5 event on Wednesday, where it will likely reveal the final price and release date for the console, which comes in two variants: one with a disk drive and one without. Until this price information is confirmed, it will be difficult to speculate whether Sony will have enough supply to meet the demand.