- Aug 25, 2020
Sony is reportedly increasing its PlayStation 5 production to 10 million units in 2020 as it "sees the prolonged effects of the COVID-19 pandemic boosting demand for gaming." As reported by Nikkei Asian Review and Bloomberg, Sony had originally planned to produce 5-6 million consoles by the end of March 2021, but the change in demand due to the global pandemic has caused it to change course. Sony is said to have begun PS5 mass production in June and "under the latest plan, expects to assemble 5 million units by the end of September and another 5 million between October and December." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/12/ps5-reveal-event-in-5-minutes"] Not all 10 million may make it to store shelves in 2020, however, as logistical delays may delay a percentage of the PlayStation 5 consoles to 2021. A big factor in the potential delay for some of the stock is due to shipping constraints, as "a large proportion of Sony’s consoles are made in China and sent out via sea around the world." It can take months for these consoles to make it from China to the U.S. and Europe via ocean lines, which can cause issues keeping PS5s in stock. Nintendo has recently faced a similar problem with Nintendo Switch. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/11/playstation-5-official-console-reveal-ps5-reveal-event"] Sony is also said to be increasing production for PlayStation 5's DualSense controller. It had originally planned on producing 10 million units. While we do know what the PlayStation 5 looks like and that it will be released in Holiday 2020, we still don't know the price or exact date. However, the PlayStation 5 Reveal Event did showcase some upcoming games for Sony's next-gen console, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Alongside the news about PlayStation 5, Nikkei reports that Facebook is also increasing production on its Oculus headsets by at least 50% to 2 million units. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=confirmed-playstation-5-games&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.