Sony is said to be cutting its PlayStation 5 production amidst the ongoing chip shortage plaguing tech companies worldwide. This will undoubtedly make finding a next-gen PlayStation console even harder across the holiday season and into the beginning of 2022.
Bloomberg‘s latest report indicates that Sony is modestly slashing its production targets. Previously, Sony had a target of manufacturing 16 million PlayStation 5 units by the end of this fiscal year, which concludes in March. However, due to the chip shortage, that target is being altered. Now, Sony is said to be targeting 15 million units within the same window.
Sony had a target of achieving 14.8 million PlayStation 5 sales by March 2022. This change in production will likely have an effect on this target. Obtaining a PlayStation 5 has rapidly become more difficult. While the chip shortage has been directly impacting the number of consoles the company can produce, scalpers have also been a force hopeful players have been fighting with.
The PlayStation 5 will be celebrating its first anniversary since its release on November 12. Since that time, Sony has supported the console with many first-party titles including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal. Third-party support has also bolstered the console’s catalogue.
Sony has also been seeing success in porting its games to PC, expanding the PlayStation footprint beyond its own consoles. The likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, God of War, and Days Gone have all been released on PC. According to Bloomberg‘s report, an unnamed exec at a Japanese publisher has anecdotally said they’ve noticed players who purchased a PlayStation version double downing and buying the PC version as well.