According to a new Bloomberg report, Sony has lowered its expectations for PlayStation 5 production by 4 million units and now expects to produce around 11 million units by the end of March. Bloomberg previously reported that Sony plans to increase production to around 10 million units by the end of December, but now says the company has encountered manufacturing issues.
The PS5’s system-on-a-chip, the core processing component developed by AMD, is said to be a particular problem with yields of just 50 percent, meaning that half of the parts produced are not ready for shipment. While that number has improved, according to Bloomberg, returns are “not yet at stable levels”
The revised number is still way above what Sony originally planned for the PS5 launch. By April of this year, Sony reportedly expected production of 5-6 million consoles by the end of March, which would have been fewer than when the PS4 launched in 2013. However, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a sharp surge in the company’s Increase Your predictions as the gaming industry grows in popularity.
Sony is hosting an online PS5 event on Wednesday that is expected to announce the final price and release date of the console. There are two variants: one with and one without a drive. Until this pricing information is confirmed, it will be difficult to speculate whether Sony will have enough supply to meet demand.