PlayStation 5 initial production run limited to 6 million as high-end specs could lead to a high retail price for the PS5 console
Once more the question of affordability has raised its head in regard to the PlayStation 5. A report from Bloomberg has quoted numerous sources that claim Sony is going to limit the initial production run of the PS5 to five or six million units from release to March 2021. In comparison, 7.5 million units of the PlayStation 4 were sold within the first two quarters of its release.
It’s believed the limited run has been mostly affected by the cost of the high-end specs the PS5 will boast of. Although many believed the coronavirus pandemic would affect the console’s manufacturing process, it seems it’s only the PS5’s promotional schedule that has been adversely affected so far. Bloomberg’s report states that the reveal of the DualSense controller was actually a rush job, but the reaction to the PS5 accessory from fans has been overwhelmingly positive.
Sony has yet to reveal the final price for the PS5, with fans hoping for a figure that is around US$500. It has already been mentioned that the cost of putting the next-gen console together is US$450, so it is possible the retail price could soar over the US$500-mark. If this happens, it is likely demand for the PS5 will decrease, regardless of the attractive high-end specs, justifying Sony’s alleged limited initial production run.