Sony doubling PS5 production to meet incoming demand

According to Bloomberg, Sony has had to crank up the production on the upcoming PlayStation 5. The demand for the next-gen console is much more than initially thought – Sony originally thought it would be lower due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Sony will now be manufacturing 10 million units by the end of 2020 with another big production run to be completed by March 2021. Since the launch of the console, Sony has seen a marked increase in interest. Unfortunately for the company, they may not be able to ship as many units as they’d like. The pandemic will make logistics an immense challenge this year, especially with borders opening and closing intermittently in response to the virus.

The console begin mass production in June and, as things stand, will finish 5 million units by the end of September and the additional 5 million in time for the Christmas shopping season. It is thought that a sizable chunk of the latter 5 million will only be able to be shipped in the new year. Sony could try to use air cargo for faster delivery, as it did in 2013 around the launch of the PlayStation 4, though airlines are running vastly reduced schedules due to Covid-19 and Sony’s ability to reserve flights would be limited.

The PlayStation 4 is one of the highest selling consoles of all time. Sony revealed in March 2020 that lifetime sales for PlayStation 4 had passed 110.4 million consoles. The demand has slowed down in recent months as the world awaits the new generation of consoles. Sales were down about 40 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020.

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