PS5 Production Custom Chip

Update: Sony has denied rumours of trouble with PS5 production. In a statement sent to Games Industry, the Japanese giant said: "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."

That's that, then.

Original story: A new report from Bloomberg says that PlayStation 5 production may not be going so smoothly after all. Earlier this summer, reports said that Sony was ramping up production of its next-gen console in order to meet greater demand. Supposedly, the company was expecting to ship around 15 million units by the end of March 2021, following the PS5's launch in holiday 2020.

However, the Japanese giant has apparently lowered its production estimates by a significant 4 million units for this fiscal year. Why? Well, Bloomberg's sources say that component production is to blame — specifically with the console's custom system-on-chip. According to the report, the chip has as low as 50 per cent production yield. In other words, a lot of these chips are turning out defective, and less PS5 units are being produced as a result.

Supposedly, the production yield of these chips is "gradually improving", but it's yet to reach a stable level. Manufacturing the first generation of a mass market electronic device ain't easy, folks!

So what does this mean for you? Well, the bottom line is that if this information turns out to be correct, there will be less PS5s on store shelves during the first few months after launch. However, Sony's apparently still looking to produce 11 million units this fiscal year. For reference, the PS4 shipped around 7.5 million units over its first two quarters, so don't worry too much — there should still be enough next-gen goodness to go around.