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PlayStation 5 output to be limited in year one, industry sources say

Published: 20:21, 17 April 2020
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In spite of the ongoing pandemic and a few malicious rumours, Sony seem determined to deliver PlayStation 5 consoles as promised, when promised, which does not mean they won't be affected.

As reported by Bloomberg, year one production of PlayStation 5 units will be far below what they managed with its predecessor.

According to several people familiar with the matter, Sony expect the ambitious design to reflect on the price, and consequently on the console's sales in the first year. 

Sony are reportedly planning to produce 5 to 6 million units of PS5 consoles by March 2021, i.e. the end of the fiscal year. To put this in perspective, PS4 consoles sold 7.5 million in the first two quarters, so not exactly a negligible difference. 

There's also the inescapable fact of the ongoing pandemic, which has affected just about everything and everyone whether they know it or not. 

In Sony's case, component prices have shot up, which means the company is running out of ways to break even when producing a device as sophisticated as this at scale. 

You may recall that their earlier strategies involved selling consoles at a loss, but making it up via other sources like subscriptions. PlayStation 4 launched at $399, and the raw production cost was just a few dollars short of that sum. 

Unfortunately, employing the same strategy on PlayStation 5 might not be enough, as all the whispers point to a price that far exceeds PS4's.

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In fact, Bloomberg cited their sources estimating the price to be between $499 and $549, which would do well to explain Sony's reluctance to reveal the price before they absolutely have to. 

You can learn more via Bloomberg .

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