Brace for Potential PS5 Shortages at Launch, Sorry to Tell You

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We could be in store for a truly 2020 mess in the form of PS5 shortages, with Bloomberg reporting that Sony is being forced to reduce the number of PlayStation 5’s produced this financial year from 15 million units to just 11 million units.

The company originally boosted production in July to meet heightened demand caused by people gaming during the pandemic and strong sales expectations for the holiday season. But hopes of finding a PS5 under the Christmas tree might be dashed for some because of the low yield rates of Sony’s ‘system on a chip’, which is said to have yield rates as low as 50%, meaning that for every good chip made, one is just a beautiful failure.

Sony’s SOC, being made by AMD’s semi-custom arm, is being made using the same 7nm manufacturing process as the new Ryzen and Navi CPUs and GPUs.

News of the PS5 shortages comes in advance of the big announcement expected this Thursday morning, which is expected to finally reveal the launch date and pricing for the new console.

Reduced supply could deal a blow to Sony in what promises to be a very competitive console generation, particularly after Microsoft announced surprisingly aggressive pricing for the Xbox Series X/S models last week.

The PS5 is currently expected to be released some time in November, which matches up with when the PS4 was released back in 2013. The console will support 8K gaming, ray tracing, and VR. It’ll also use a brand new DualSense controllers in a move away from the DualShock which so defined the PlayStation for so many years.

Perhaps one of the most exciting features of the console will be the death of loading times, improving on the PS4 Pros loading times measured in tens of seconds, the PS5’s will be measured in tenths of seconds.

Some of the games confirmed for launch include:

Comments

  • I have both the PS3 and PS4 and bought both of them almost at the end of their lifecycle. I’ll more than likely do the same for the PS5.

  • Not sure if it’s just me but it feel like Sony are in rush to get this console out purely to match Microsofts launch. Makes sense but I hope they don’t stuff this

  • Given how crap 2020 has been, I wouldnt expect anything better from it. Indeed if I do get one it would be the closest thing to a miracle or good news I have seen in ages.

  • 50% yields? thats pretty bad. but for the gpu at least, a lot of those chips could go to a “ps5 s” model. yes im just taking microsofts naming so its apparent what i mean. but sony isnt going to do that. microsoft has already “won” this console generation because the xbox series s is going to outsell the series x and ps5 combined.

  • Author fails to mention that even with the reduction there will still be more launch consoles available than previous generations … So then it comes down to demand, which with the new Xbox as well as a new generation of graphics cards for PC gamers is unknown

    • Yeah the other articles i read about this are saying that at launch it will be fine but early next year is when the shortages will most likely hit

  • Yeah, might want to update your article.

    “While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false,” the statement reads.

    “We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production.”

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