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PlayStation 5 production raised to 10 million units as Sony tackles home entertainment demands caused by coronavirus

Sony has doubled the initial PS5 production run. (Image source: Nikkei Asian Review/Kento Awashima - PS4 assembly)
Sony has doubled the initial PS5 production run. (Image source: Nikkei Asian Review/Kento Awashima - PS4 assembly)
Reports from both Nikkei Asian Review and Bloomberg have stated that Sony is practically doubling the initial production run of the PlayStation 5. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including more people staying at home, have seen a rise in demand for home entertainment solutions. Sony reportedly wants 10 million PS5 consoles ready by the end of 2020.
Daniel R Deakin,

Back in April, it was reported that Sony had planned an initial production run of five to six million units for the upcoming PlayStation 5. However, new pieces from both the Nikkei Asian Review and Bloomberg have claimed that Sony has requested a considerable ramping up of production, with 10 million PS5 consoles now required by the end of the year. Five million of those are expected to be part of the initial sales stock when the PS5 is launched, while the other five million units should be delivered to retailers throughout 2021.

The two main reasons supposedly behind the considerable production increase have both been caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Firstly, it seems that more people being based at home will create an increase in the demand for home entertainment solutions, and obviously Sony wants to meet that demand with the PS5. Secondly, it also appears that the Japanese company is preparing for logistical difficulties, with coronavirus-related safety precautions making shipping a bigger problem than it was for previous console generations.

Unsurprisingly, Sony will be aware that there will be a huge demand for the PS5 upon launch, and even this costly production boost might not be sufficient enough to cover initial demand. At least the company has the impressive Kisarazu-based manufacturing plant with an automated assembly line that can apparently produce a PS5 console every 30 seconds, day and night, to assist with supply. Bloomberg reckons Sony will have five million consoles ready by September while the remaining five million units could be ready between October and December.

The Kisarazu plant was used for assembling the PS4. (Image source: Nikkei Asian Review/Kento Awashima)
The Kisarazu plant was used for assembling the PS4. (Image source: Nikkei Asian Review/Kento Awashima)

Source(s)

Nikkei Asian Review (1/2; subscription required) & Bloomberg (subscription required) & Bloomberg Japan (in Japanese)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-07-15 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.