World_news Report: Sony cuts PS5 production estimate, citing supply chain problems – Polygon

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Bloomberg reportsSony will make about 4 million fewer PlayStation 5 systems in its current fiscal year, a production cut attributed to a weakened supply chain that provides the console’s motherboard.

Sony now expects to make about 11 million units, Bloomberg said, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans. Those sources said that production yields for the PS5’s custom-designed silicon have gone as low as 50%. While those yields have improved, they haven’t stabilized at a reliable level.

Sony, in April,planned on making 5 to 6 million PS5s, according to internal plans reported by Bloomberg at the time. But the company more than doubled those plans following a summer when quarantine lifestyle pushed its PlayStation Plus subscriptions to record levels, and generated big sales for first-party exclusivesThe Last of UsPart 2andGhost of Tsushima.

For comparison, Sony’s original, publicly shared sales estimate for the PlayStation 4 called for5 million PS4s to be soldduring its first five months on shelves. The PS4 ended upselling 7.5 million unitsfrom its Nov. 15, 2013 launch to March 31, 2014.

Sony is expected to announce the price, launch, and pre-order datesduring a showcase presentation Wednesday afternoon. Rival Microsoft hasalready revealedNov. 10 as the launch date for its Xbox Series X (and Series S), withpre-ordersof the $499 and $299 consoles beginning Sept. 22.

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