As we all know, buying any version of the PlayStation 5 is still way more difficult than it should be, and things are about to get even worse. Between holiday shopping, supply constraints, and now production cuts, the PS5 is about to be even harder to buy.
This week we received some bad news, as Bloomberg reports that Sony will cut production by one million units for the rest of the financial year, which runs until March 2022. That’s potentially 1 million sad boys, girls, and adults this holiday season and several months into next year.
The company was on track to beat the PS4’s first-year sales record, and earlier this year said it planned to assemble over 16 million PlayStation 5 game consoles. However, that figure is now reportedly under 15 million.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, Sony has trouble with shipping logistics, parts, and chip shortages. The report stated that part of the problem is due to uneven vaccine rollouts in regions where Sony manufactures and sources parts, among other issues. In addition, component shipments aren’t arriving on time, which throws everything off. And even when they do come in a timely fashion, shipping logistics is a mess.
It’s worth noting that March is still several months away, and some of these shortages or logistic nightmares may start to ease. If that happens, Sony could still reach some of its sales targets or resume production levels.
Earlier this month, Nintendo slashed its Switch sales forecasts, not to mention Valve’s Steam Deck was facing similar hurdles and delayed the launch until sometime later in 2022. So if you happen to find a PlayStation 5 available to buy this holiday season, you’ll want to grab one while you can.