The PS5 has established itself as one of the most sought-after products of the end of 2020. A victim of its success, the console quickly found itself out of stock all over the world. Fortunately, the situation is finally about to change. According to information from the production line, Sony’s home console is expected to make a comeback in stores and online stores soon.
The standard PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition hit the market in November 2020. As expected, many gamers have taken to the new consoles from Sony. Soon, online resellers and physical stores were all of their PlayStation 5 stock has passed. In the span of four weeks, Sony shipped over 3.4 million Playstation 5s worldwide. In France, the console made a record start. With 107,000 machines sold in 7 days, Sony broke Nintendo’s record with the Switch in 2017.
The shortage was also aggravated by the upsurge in speculators. Armed with bots, they mass order PS5s to resell them at exorbitant prices on peer-to-peer sales sites. Under these conditions, we will not be surprised that the PlayStation 5 is nowhere to be found at the end of 2020. Most players have therefore not found a PS5 under their Christmas tree. This is the case of several members of the editorial staff of Phonandroid, whose despair is palpable.
The production rate of the PS5 is set to accelerate
After several weeks of chronic shortage, it is rumored thata new stock of PS5 is about to land on the market. Several British brands, including Argos, a subsidiary of Sainsbury, Asda, a supermarket chain and the Smyths toy store, have announced the arrival of new PS5s in stores from January 2021. For the time being, no French store has not yet abounded in the same direction.
According to a report from Digitimes, Sony is expected to quickly increase the production speed of its home consoles. According to an anonymous source close to the industry, AMD, the supplier of the CPU and GPU of the PS5, has negotiated with the founder TSMC in order tospeed up the burn process for 7nm processors intended for the console. Digitimes expects a 40 to 50% increase in the production rate of custom chips for the PS5. In the course of next year, AMD should also produce 1.4 to 1.5 million processors. Ultimately, Sony will be able to manufacture even more consoles to meet the colossal demand.
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No PS5 shortage in 2021, Sony wants to meet its goals
Finally, note that Sony still aims to sell a total of 10 million PS5 by March 2021, which will sign the end of its fiscal year. To meet its financial objectives, the Japanese group must imperatively sell around 6 million PlayStation 5, in addition to the 4 million already sold at the end of 2020, worldwide. In this context, it should come as no surprise that the Japanese firm is doing everything possible to produce more next-gen consoles.
By the end of 2021, Sony hopes to produce between 16.8 and 18 million PS5s thanks to the support of AMD, TSMC and several other partners. If the video game giant manages to sell all the machines produced (and there is no doubt that demand will keep up with supply), the PS5 would do better than the PS4 in its first year on the market. A year after its launch, Sony had sold 13.5 million PlayStation 4. If Sony’s production lines keep up, the PS5 is on track to sell better than its illustrious predecessor, the second most popular console of all time.
Given the goals posted by Sony and the improvements to the production line, we can expect that most interested gamers will be able to get their hands on a PS5 in the coming months. To avoid missing out on a PS5 restocking, we advise you to regularly monitor the site of online retailers such as Amazon, Cdiscount, Micromania or Boulanger.