Report: Early PS5 Production Will Be Limited

Report: Early PS5 Production Will Be Limited

COVID-19 is affecting Sony's production plans for later this year.

A new report has shed some light on Sony's manufacturing plans for the PlayStation 5 later this year. Supposedly, Sony will only manufacture between 5 and 6 million units of the PS5 before March 2021.

This new report comes from Bloomberg, who previously reported that Sony was struggling to keep PlayStation 5 production costs down due to costly parts. The new report states that the limited quantity of PlayStation 5 units at launch is party due to the costly nature of the console, which Bloomberg says developers are anticipating could go for as much as $549.

According to the report, Sony plans to cut the price of both the PS4 and the PS4 Pro, both of which retail for $300 and $400 respectively, at the launch of the PS5. The company hopes this will bridge the gap between the existing console and the new PS5, which is still on course to launch for later this year.

The report also notes that Sony's board has been unable to meet to discuss the business plan for the current fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A meeting was scheduled to take place in March to discuss plans for the rest of the year, but this obviously hasn't happened.

The PS5's DualSense controller. | Sony

Additionally, the recent reveal of the DualSense controller was "hurried" in part because the controller had already been shared with outside developers. Sony feared the controller design would eventually leak, and rushed a reveal of the PS5's new controller.

Multiple people told Bloomberg that Sony wouldn't delay the launch of the PS5 later this year as long as their rival Microsoft doesn't delay the launch of the Xbox Series X. There's currently no firm release date for either next-gen console, but both are expected to launch in holiday 2020.

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