PlayStation 5 stock even lower than Sony expected — report

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The PlayStation stock shortage is highly publicised, but things appear even worse than Sony had anticipated. Component and logistical issues have reduced Sony's production output this fiscal year, according to reports.

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Bloomberg's Takashi Mochizuki reported the situation over at Sony, suggesting that those "familiar with its operations" have said that Sony is revaluating its PS5 sales targets. The projected target for the fiscal year was 16 million units by March 2022, which would have given the company enough PS5 units to hit a sales target of 14.8 million sold whilst retaining for the following quarter. Now, however, that 16 million figure is suggested to be at 15 million because of the severity of global production issues.

The key issues here are apparently "logistics issues and parts shortages," both of which have frequently been reported as major issues across all manufacturing industries. With chip production nearly coming to a standstill, silicon shortages, shipping issues, and the effects of the COVID pandemic, the hurdles have just kept coming for the Japanese company. The lack of consoles has, reportedly, led to a sales drop-off as it struggles to maintain the record-setting numbers Sony spoke of only recently. It seems that the PS4 is outpacing the PS5 at this point of its lifecycle thanks to the shortages, but there has been no public announcement about the reported updated targets as of yet.

What do you think of this news? Are you still waiting on a PS5? Or are you content waiting for the reported PS5 Slim/Pro? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.