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.