Update: Sony provided a simple statement on Bloomberg’s report to GamesIndustry.biz.
The statement reads, “While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false.”
“We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production.”
The original post is below:
Bloomberg are reporting that “people familiar with the matter” have suggested that Sony are facing production problems with the PlayStation 5. The problem appears to be with custom built SoC which has production yields of just 50%, or in other words, half of the chips don’t work. It is reported that Sony have been forced to cut the predicted number of consoles available down by 4 million units, dropping from 15 million to 11 million for the fiscal year.
The news has “spooked” investors who fear a re-run of the problems that the PlayStation 3 faced – in that case Sony couldn’t get enough Blu-ray drives so production was slow and the console release was staggered. However, it’s worth remembering that 11 million is still a big step up from the 7 million PS4s that were sold in its own launch window.
The problems with the chips also leave Sony with another problem, with only half of the chips working, production costs are also higher than anticipated. That’s not good news ahead of the PlayStation 5 Showcase tomorrow where we expect a price, release date and more game announcements.
Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Masahiro Wakasugi suggests that the full fat PlayStation 5 could be priced as low as $449, which would undercut the price of the Xbox Series X by $50, and the discless all digital version would be slightly below $400. Take that with a pinch of salt since this is in the exact same report that production costs are higher, meaning that Sony would be taking a big, big hit per console sold until yields improve.
It’s not all bad news for Sony; the Covid-19 pandemic has lead to a huge surge in PlayStation Plus subscriptions.
The PlayStation 5 Showcase will be taking place on Wednesday September 16th, with the timings being 1pm PDT/9pm BST/10pm CEST. The PlayStation 5 Showcase will last for approximately 40 minutes and will include updates on the games and input from some of the development partners. Many of the developers and artists working on Horizon Zero Dawn Forbidden West have been tweeting about the showcase so expect to see more from that game, and unconfirmed rumours suggest Final Fantasy XVI may also make an appearance.
Here are the hardware specifications for the new console.
|CPU||8 Zen 2 Cores @ 3.5Ghz w/ SMT (variable)|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPS – 36 CUs @ 2.26Ghz (variable)|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6 (448GB/s)|
|Internal Storage||825 GB Custom NVME SSD|
|I/O Throughput||5.5 GB/s (Raw), 8-9 GB/s (Compressed)|
|Expandable Storage||Approved M.2 third party SSDs in dedicated expansion bay|
|External Storage||USB External HDD Support for PS4 games|
|Optical Dirve||Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc|
|Video Output||HDMI 2.1 – Up to 4K at 120Hz, 8K, VRR|
|Audio||Tempest Engine 3D audio|