Why Sony Is Cutting Its PlayStation 5 Production By Four Million
Sony has reportedly cut its production expectations for its next-gen PlayStation 5 consoles by four million units. The console maker has run into unexpected manufacturing issues according to Bloomberg.
Sony had set its sights on manufacturing about 11 million units by the end of March 2020. Bloomberg had previously reported that Sony wanted to boost production to around 10 million units by the end of December 2020.
The real issue is said to be with the PS5’s system-on-a-chip which has low yield, sometimes as low as 50%. This means most of the parts produced are defected, hence cannot ship. The system-on-a-chip is the PS5’s core processing component designed with AMD. Bloomberg reports that although the yields are improving, they are still ‘yet to reach a stable level.’
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Sony had initially planned to produce fewer consoles than it made for the PS4 launch in 2013. The console maker had targeted producing about five to six million consoles by the end of March initially, however, the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused gaming to be hugely popular made the company sharply increase its forecasts.
Sony will hold an online PS 5 event on Wednesday 16th September 2020. The console giant will most likely reveal the final price and release date for the console.
The PlayStation 5 will come in two variants: one with a disc drive and one without a disc drive. If Sony can match up to demand or compete successfully with Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox is another story.
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