If you thought it was tough getting a PlayStation 5 before… Sony has lowered its production forecast for the console for the current fiscal year, according to a report in Bloomberg. With Sony making less PS5s, it will make the console harder to get and that is looking past Christmas. Originally planned to make 16 million units between April 2021 and March 2022, it’s been reduced to around 15 million.
While some people make thing that isn’t a huge difference, that is a million less units out on the market. That’s nearly the entire population of Los Angeles proper won’t get a console. Sony making less PS5s is due to a confluence of events. Logistics with component supply. The ridiculous chip shortage. Supply chain issues. Also, various degrees to vaccine rollouts at production bases.
Sony making less PS5s isn’t just a Christmas issue.
Sony has forecast 22.6 million PS5 sales for the financial year beginning in April 2022. However, its manufacturing partners reportedly think it will be difficult to meet that target. Supply won’t be better after the holiday season. This is causing issues for other manufacturers.
Earlier this month Nintendo cut its Switch sales forecast by 1.5 million for the financial year due to the component shortage. Valve’s Steam Deck handheld PC has just been delayed by two months for similar reasons and now won’t ship until February.
This just further the issues of technology gifts will not be plentiful this holiday season. From the looks of it, even the first quarter of 2022 doesn’t show any promise. With releases of console dropping at retailers, unless you’re monitoring the stock you won’t find a console to put under that tree.
If countries can get a handle on the COVID-19 outbreaks, this issue won’t resolve itself. There is some slight hope that holidays 2022 might be a bit better.