Citing manufacturing issues, Sony is reportedly cutting its intended PS5 production from 15 million units down to 11 million between now and March 2021. The news comes via Bloomberg which spoke to people to people familiar with the matter.
The hold-up lies with the PlayStation 5's custom-designed system-on-chip which are said to have suffered production yields as low as 50%. As a result, the increase in production forecasts we heard about in July are now being walked back as Sony hits a snag on the manufacturing level. According to Bloomberg's sources, "yields have been gradually improving but have yet to reach a stable level."
We should finally learn the price of the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition this week - tomorrow in fact - as the PlayStation team has scheduled an event for September 16 at 1 pm Pacific focusing on next-gen news. We learned last week, a few days ahead of schedule thanks to leaks, that the Xbox Series X and Series S will retail for $499 and $299 respectively. The price of the more expensive machine is expected to be matched by Sony's PS5 with a disc drive, though many expect the digital version of PS5 to not reach as low as the Xbox Series S at sub-300 dollars.
Rumors for the showcase also suggest more next-gen games will be on display, though nothing solid has come out in that regard so we've held off on sharing them before. If you're curious, rumors persist that Final Fantasy 16 will be revealed during Wednesday's showcase, but it's all quite murky at the moment. We likely won't get confirmation regarding Sony's production woes, but as for the price of the consoles for consumers, we must be just a few hours away from the unveiling.