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Sony Says Troubled PS5 Production Rumors Are Wrong

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To update: Sony has denied rumors of PS5 production issues. In a statement sent to Games Industry, the Japanese giant said, “Although we are not disclosing manufacturing details, the information Bloomberg has provided is incorrect. We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since mass production began.”

That’s it then.

Original story: A new report from Bloomberg says PlayStation 5 production may not be going as smoothly after all. Earlier this summer it was reported that Sony was ramping up production of its next-gen console to meet greater demand. Allegedly, after the launch of the PS5 on vacation 2020, the company expected to deliver around 1

5 million units by the end of March 2021.

However, the Japanese giant has apparently cut its production estimates for this fiscal year by a whopping 4 million units. Why? According to Bloomberg’s sources, component manufacturing is to blame – especially the console’s custom system-on-chip. According to the report, the chip only has a production yield of 50 percent. In other words, many of these chips are defective and fewer PS5 units will be produced.

The production yield of these chips is said to be “gradually” improving, but it has yet to reach stable levels. Making the first generation mass market electronic device is not easy folks!

What does that mean for you? The bottom line is that there will be fewer PS5 on store shelves in the first few months after launch if this information is found to be correct. However, Sony apparently wants to produce 11 million units this fiscal year. As a reference, the PS4 shipped around 7.5 million units in the first two quarters. So don’t worry – there should still be enough next generation goodness to get around.

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