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PS5 could be in short supply after release date, as Sony reduces number of consoles being made

Adam Smith
·2-min read
New console comes with innovative controller featuring haptic technology and adaptive triggers
New console comes with innovative controller featuring haptic technology and adaptive triggers

Sony has reportedly reduced production of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console due to production issues of the chips on the console.

Sony has lowered production from 15 million units of the next generation console to 11 million units, according to Bloomberg.

It increased orders in July, anticipating many sales ahead of the console’s "holiday 2020" release date, but manufacturing costs for its SOC (system on a chip) have cut its ability to build them.

The SOC is the main circuit which integrates all aspects of the console, including the central processing unit (CPU), memory, input and output ports, and secondary storage.

The Independent has reached out to Sony for comment.

The launch of the PlayStation 5 was reportedly unhindered by the coronavirus although the company said that it made significant changes to the way production has had to be handled.

"Regarding the launch of PlayStation 5, although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season," Sony said at the time.

"Major problems have not arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first-party studios or its partners’ studios," it continued.

However, the company had already expected low results, reports say, as the console’s high price point could deter customers.

Sony is yet to reveal the price of the PlayStation 5, but it is expected to be announced in a final “showcase” event on 16 September.

The news comes as Microsoft is expected to launch its next generation console, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

The latest Xbox consoles will be launching in November, with the company having unveiled full pricing and specs for both versions.

Nintendo is also expected to announce a new, premium version of the Switch with 4K graphics and better performance.

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