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.
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:
- PS5 Backward Compatibility Explained
- Is the PS5 better than the Xbox Series X?
- The PlayStation 5 May Load Games as Fast as Netflix Loads Movies
|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)|
|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|