Sony reportedly doubles PS5 production to 10 million units by the end of 2020

By Sean Carey,
According to new reports, Sony is preparing to manufacture far more PlayStation 5 consoles than it originally intended. Reports from both Bloomberg and Nikkei Asian Review suggest that Sony will be producing almost double the number of consoles than previously planned.

Sony PS5 production numbers

Both reports cite anonymous sources who are familiar with the company's plans. Bloomberg claims that Sony is planning to produce 10 million units by the end of the year, while Nikkei Asian Review believes the number to be around 9 million. Back in April, it was believed that Sony limited its production of the console and was aiming to produce 5 to 6 million units before March 2021.

The increase in number is largely down to a change of outlook caused by the COVID-19 pandemic "boosting demand for gaming", the report from Bloomberg reads. However, Sony is aware that shipping out the consoles on time for the Holiday launch could pose a problem. Bloomberg notes that large numbers of Sony's consoles are made in China and are transported across the world via sea, which often takes months.

Sony began mass-producing PS5 consoles in June and is expecting to manufacture 5 million units by the end of September with another 5 million between October and December. Bloomberg believes that some of the consoles assembled towards the end of the year will end up at retailers in 2021.

In comparison, just 4.5 million PS4 units were manufactured and sent out to retailers back in 2013. By the console's second quarter, just 7.5 million units had been shipped. Sony has also increased the number of DualSense controllers being produced.

Sony recently unveiled the PS5 console at its Future of Gaming PS5 showcase event. We got our first look at the console and some new game announcements. Unfortunately, we still don't have a firm launch date or price for the console.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!