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PlayStation 5 Chip Woes Mean 4 Million Fewer Units This Year

PlayStation 5 Chip Woes Mean 4 Million Fewer Units This Year

Update: Sony has denied Bloomberg’s report, stating “While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false.”

Mo’ chips, mo’ problems.

Sony is said to have revised the forecast for how many PlayStation 5s it will be able to produce this year—by quite a bit. The company now reportedly expects to make four million fewer units than originally planned. The new number is said to be about 11 million.

The problem comes from the PlayStation 5’s custom system-on-a-chip, which is difficult to produce, says Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, Sony is up against Microsoft’s new slate of XBoxen, whose prices were announced recently. The XBox Series S—that’s the wee one with no optical drive—goes for just $299, meaning Sony might be feeling a bit of pressure. It’s expected to reveal pricing and other details on Wednesday, September 16.

If you’re looking to grab a PS5 this holiday season, be warned: they may be in short supply.

Source: Bloomberg

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.