Sony really wants to build PS5 systems faster than it did with PS4, but shortages are causeing this to be hard

By Sherif Saed,
Thursday, 4 February 2021 09:37 GMT

Sony would love to up its PS5 production capacity, but that’s easier said than done.

As element of Sony’s earnings reveal for Q3 FY2020, the working platform owner announced results that are strong its Game and Network Services division, which includes PlayStation.

Despite selling the PS5 at a loss, the division had a record quarter off the back of digital sales, as well as PS5 hardware sales. Sony already announced selling 4.5 million PS5 units by the end of December, and that’s about as many as it was able to make.

CFO Hiroki Totoki expanded on this point in a briefing that is follow-up explaining that semiconductor shortages internationally are which makes it burdensome for Sony to actually expand the production ability.

“It is burdensome for us to boost manufacturing of this PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors as well as other components,” said Totoki, as reported by Ars Technica.

“We haven’t been in a position to completely meet with the advanced level of need from customers [but] we continue doing every thing within our capacity to ship as numerous units possible to clients who’re looking forward to a PS5.”

Totoki added that Sony want to at the very least match the PS4 speed, looking to ship a minimum of 14.8 million within the next year that is fiscalFY2021), if not overtake it considerably.

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Semiconductor shortages are, needless to say, impacting the industry that is entire. AMD, who supplies the new consoles’ SOC, is facing similar shortages in its PC business, and seemingly on the side that is console well. The demand that is unprecedented tech, and the rise of ruthless scalpers, aren’t helping.

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