Sony doubles production of PS5 to meet surging demand

Yolanda Curtis
July 16, 2020

It seems that, according to Sony Corporation's business plans anyway, the pandemic is here to stay.

"Sony began PS5 mass production in June and, under the latest plan, expects to assemble 5 million units by the end of September and another 5 million between October and December", report Bloomberg.

Unfortunately, while Sony is boosting its console output to try and be ready for increased demand later this year, the chances are that not all the order will be ready in time. Back in April, Bloomberg reported that Sony was limiting the initial PS5 production to about 5 to 6 million units in the fiscal year ending March 2021.

A Sony representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While the plan to double hardware production is yet to be confirmed by Sony itself, several Asian news outlets - such as the Nikkei Asian Review - have received similar reports from their own inside sources.

Even with a boost to manufacturing, Sony may still be unable to put enough units on store shelves in the coming year-end holiday season due to shipping constraints, the people said.

The new console, initially ridiculed for its old-but-new aesthetics, is seeing its production numbers doubled as lockdown continues to drive sales of indoor entertainment systems. A large proportion of Sony's consoles are made in China and sent out via sea around the world.

Earlier on during the pandemic, gamers were left disappointed as Nintendo's console, the Nintendo Switch, saw widespread stock shortages worldwide. Sony's revised expectation is that this ongoing situation will stir additional demand for the PlayStation 5 console, whose official debut captivated the gaming community.

PlayStation 5 is expected to launch Holiday 2020.

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