It’s still incredibly difficult to get a PS5 right now. While buyers are still struggling to find a system out in the wild, it seems that Sony is doing its part to try to alleviate at least some of the rebuilding problems that plague retailers.
In fact, there may be a resurgence of PS5 stock in the coming months, if one is to believe a new report.
The report claims that Sony plans to ship between 16.8 million and 18 million units in 2021, which will be possible after an increase in the unit’s supply power. Digitimes claims that Sony originally shipped 3.4 million PlayStation 5 devices in its first month of availability.
This number is about to rise significantly going forward, thanks to the abundant availability of the components required to put a PS5 into production. This means that PS5 inventory can come into full force, hopefully putting an end to the need to buy systems from scalpers or pursuing inventory alerts.
Digitimes says AMD, which contributes custom 7nm processors for the PS5, secured additional capacity from the semiconductor foundry TSMC to increase production. This should contribute to the monthly service production increasing by 40 to 50%, which is equivalent to a whole 1
The CPUs are based on AMD’s Ryzen Zen 2 architecture, with Radeon RDNA2 GPU. Both China’s Tongfu microelectronics and Taiwan’s Silicon Precision Industries will share production tasks at the back end as a 70/30 split. Sony plans to earmark more PS5s for Asian territories after January 2021, thanks to these additional components, which will undoubtedly help ease the frustration buyers worldwide have from not being able to join the latest console generation.
Earlier reports indicated that Sony had planned to ship 10 million PS5 devices by March 2021, bringing the number to 3.4 million. Previously, Sony had planned only around 5 and 6 million units that were shipped by March, but changed course with increasing demand.
With more components that will get more PS5 devices on the shelves and in the hands of customers, it seems that more users will finally be able to experience the system on their own. In our PS5 review, we gave the PS5 4.5 stars and called it “the future of console gaming.”
“If you manage to pick a PS5 now, you know you’ll be treated to a true next-generation experience complete with advanced haptics, beautiful graphics and almost zero friction between you and the games you want to play.”
If Digitimes’ sources are correct, feelings like “being able” to take a PS5 may be a thing of the past.