Sony May Be Limiting Day-One PS5 Stock To Avoid Delays

A new report is suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic has put Sony in a position to produce few consoles than expected

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Sony is planning to send out fewer units of the PlayStation 5 at launch, with the blame being placed on the impact of COVID-19 – news that comes after Sony claimed that the PS5 was still on track. According to the report, Sony has reportedly told its manufacturing partners that it expects to produce no more than “5-6 million units [of the PS5] in the fiscal year engine March 2021.”

That might sound like a lot, but the PS5 is expected to launch for the 2020 holiday season and March 2021 would be, roughly, a half year of sales. To put this into perspective, Sony managed to sell 7.5 million units of the PS4 in roughly the same period after launch. In addition to this, we’ve learned that Sony’s marketing plans for the PS5 have also been calling into question, and the PS5 reveal event may be ditched altogether “due to infection fears” and the current lockdown measures in place globally.

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The report from Bloomberg is also suggesting that the PS5’s price could be higher that expected at launch, with the now-expected price range falling somewhere between $499 and $549 due to it’s specs and limited stock. So, what does all of this mean for you?

Well, for starters, it’s going to be somewhat difficult to secure a pre-order or a true launch model when the PS5 does go on sale. You may end up paying more for the PS5 at launch than you would if you waited a few months, but the plus side is that it looks like Sony is trying to avoid delaying its launch.

So far, we’ve yet to hear anything official from Sony, but we must point out that things are starting to look even worse for the PS5. It was just earlier this month that we heard rumors that the PS5 had serious performance issues and would require a full redesign, and the fact that Sony is going to produce fewer units for launch and is potentially scrubbing the reveal event altogether doesn’t exact help shoot down those rumors. So, it is starting to feel like Sony is trying to fight a delay as much as possible, but at this point, we’ve seen nothing about the console outside of some promising specs and the new DualSense controller. If you’re still hoping to pre-order, sign up for notifications that pre-orders have officially opened.

Until we learn more, check out the following next-gen console coverage:

Xbox Series X PlayStation 5
CPU 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz (variable frequency)
Die Size 360.45mm2 N/A
Process TSMC 7nm Enhanced N/A
Memory 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s 448GB/s
Internal Storage 1TB Custom NVMe SSD Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed) 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage 1TB Expansion Card NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB 3.2 HDD Support USB HDD Support
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
Robert Moore
Robert Moore
Robert is an automotive expert and gaming fanatic that somehow manages to split his time between doing both and blending in some family time as well. His gaming history goes all the way back to Atari, the Commodore 64, and the original Nintendo, and he can proudly say that he’s owned every single mainstream console since, including duds like the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii. He currently owns a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro, and a custom-built gaming PC. His all-time favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (zombies, specifically), League of Legends, Diablo 3, and even a little World of Warcraft. Robert has been working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, primarily in the automotive segment and now in the gaming segment.

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