Last week Sony offered us a look at the new DualSense controller that the PlayStation 5 will be using. At the time, no mention was made of the new console, other than it was still on track to meet its holiday season 2020 release date.
Now a new report from Bloomberg has highlighted the potential manufacturing plans that the Japanese firm has for the PS5.
To that end unnamed sources close to the project have told the publication that Sony wants to limit the initial production run of the PS5 console. According to Bloomberg’s sources, there are concerns over the high price tag that the console will demand, given its hardware and specifications, but the move to limit production is down to COVID-19.
As such there are fears that the global pandemic will impact how many people will be wiling to purchase the console given the amount of uncertainty at this time. That said, Bloomberg’s sources say that production capacity at Sony’s factories are not limited or impacted by the virus in any way.
Regardless, Sony has reportedly informed its assembly partners to manufacture between 5 to 6 million PS5 units during the first fiscal year, which ends in March 2021. This “limited” status of the console is therefore viewed as a way of ensuring interest and a desire to purchase.
If that is indeed the case, it remains to be seen how many PS5 consoles will be shipped outside of its native Japan, with the potential that some regions may receive fewer units than originally projected.
With the PS5 expected to cost between $499 (~R9 372) and $549 (~R10 311) at this stage, it seems like a smaller segment of gamers will be able to get their hands on the console than was the case with the PS4.
If you do have designs on getting a PS5 console at the end of the year or early 2021, you should definitely start saving, if you have not already.
For now, no Sony spokespeople have commented on the report.[Source – Bloomberg]