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Poor availability: Sony lowers production expectations for PlayStation 5

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Anyone currently considering a Sony PlayStation 5 has a problem: There is no trace of the console anywhere in retail. PS5 is not available locally or online. In addition, this year’s Christmas festival is fast approaching. This should increase demand again. Anyone now hoping that Sony delivers a revamp in the coming weeks or months will be disappointed.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Japanese electronics company is facing enormous difficulties in the production of the PlayStation 5. As a result, the production forecast for the current fiscal year has been lowered. While the company assumed it would produce 16 million units between April 2021 and March 2022, the estimate is now around 15 million units. Thus, there will be no improvement in console availability at the beginning of 2022.

The semiconductor crisis is mainly responsible for the production problems. Sony is having trouble getting the components it needs to build the console. According to Bloomberg, the delivery of the components was delayed, which led to a halt in production. But the coronavirus pandemic is also causing longer wait times in the logistics space. Sony expected PS5 sales to reach 22.6 million in the fiscal year beginning in April 2022. However, the manufacturer’s production partners are skeptical and do not believe the said target can be achieved.

Due to the lack of components, Nintendo also had at the beginning of the month Switch fiscal year sales forecast lowered by 1.5 million consoles. In addition, she has Valve postponed the Steam Deck by two months. Many console gamers will likely miss Christmas Day.

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