Sony Denies Production Delays For The PlayStation 5 As Pre-Orders Go Live [Updated]

Sony Denies Production Delays For The PlayStation 5 As Pre-Orders Go Live [Updated]
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A recent report from Bloomberg indicated Sony would need to cut its PlayStation 5 production forecast by 4 million units due to chip shortages and coronavirus-induced delays. Now, Sony has hit back, denying this claim outright and asserting the PlayStation 5 is still on track to meet its original production targets.

In a statement to GamesIndustry, Sony said: “While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false. We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production.”

Production delays have been reported for both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in recent months due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus on global manufacturing, but it appears Sony is confident there won’t be any kind of bottleneck. While coronavirus has delayed many of the next generation’s flagship games — the consoles are still on track for their launch windows.

This doesn’t necessarily mean stock shortages won’t happen, however. It only means Sony is set to hit their targets. While this target is currently unknown, it’s speculated to be between the 10-15 million unit mark.

As talk of production delays continues, the good news is you can now pre-order the console from select retailers.

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 are live on EB Games for a $200 deposit (while stocks last.) They’re also live on JB Hi-Fi for a $50 deposit.

If you want to pre-order from Amazon you can do so here. Prime members save $30, it’s free delivery and you won’t be charged until it ships.

You can also pre-order the console directly from Sony with free shipping.

Big W is now also offering a reservation/pre-order here. It requires a $50 deposit.

Update 9:36 a.m. AEST 17/9: Pre-orders on EB Games are now sold out for 2020. You can pre-order the 2021 shipment here.

Update 11:06 a.m. AEST 17/9: Pre-orders at JB Hi-Fi have been suspended.

Update 1:04 p.m. AEST 17/9: Pre-orders at Amazon are now sold out.

Update 18/9: It appears all major retailers are now sold out of the 2020 allocation for the PlayStation 5.

It appears everyone who pre-orders from EB Games or JB Hi-Fi will be guaranteed a console in the launch shipment, but this may change as we approach release. For now, everything appears hunky dory and it looks as though you’ll be able to nab a PlayStation 5 if you want one — but make sure to jump in quick.

With a fairly reasonable $749.95 price tag and hordes of gamers waiting to get their hands on the console, you’ll need to be lightning fast.


  • I was already a bit sceptical of the Bloomberg story, they have a history of strategic hit pieces and the article definitely gave me that impression.

    Also, I’ve preordered my PS5 via JB, whoopeeee!

    • Yeah, a little disappointed I couldn’t get a preorder in… Especially with EB’s shit for months being all “Register your interest and we’ll let you know!” shit that they just threw out immediately.

      Thankfully there’s nothing I really ‘need’ it for at launch anyway so there’s that saving grace at least.

      • I was waiting for an email from JB too but I had a feeling that the preorders would open before the emails got out this morning so I went straight to the website, ordered one and the email arrived some time later.

  • I got mine through EB as I want to trade in my PS4 Pro. Glad I did, as JB state on their website that preorders aren’t guaranteed “• Due to stock demand your pre-order does not guarantee availability on the day of release (or a specific date)”

    Also, they (JB) have now suspended preorders.

  • So much for EB’s “Sign up to be informed and get a chance at preordering!” shtick that clearly went right out the fuckin’ window the moment they saw dollar signs.

    • I mean… if Microsoft sticks to their guns about the 22nd, then I guess it’s technically still true for at least a couple next-gen consoles?

      Yeah. I signed up for all those emails too, didn’t trust ’em though.

  • Well i got my pre-order in fairly early (like 20-30 minutes once pre-orders were open) so i think chances are decent. But my nephew cant find a single place to order it apart from Amazon and he cant afford to pay the amount up front for Amazon

  • EB’s preorder page is now up – for the next drop, sometime in 2021. Ah well, at least we have Crash and Cyberpunk to look forward to on the PS4.

  • Guy at EB said shipment will be likely Jan-Feb. I can wait u til then. Plenty to tide me over in my backlog until then

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