It is reported that the initial shipment number of Sony's next-generation game machine 'PlayStation 5' will be significantly less than PS4

Bloomberg reports that Sony will reduce the production of the next-generation game console '

PlayStation 5 (PS5)'. There is a possibility that the price of PS5 will be set higher than planned in order to suppress the increase in demand due to the limited production volume.

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According to information that Bloomberg has obtained from PS5 supply chain officials, Sony has told supply chain companies that it plans to manufacture 5-6 million PS5 units by March 2021. PS5 is scheduled to be released at the end of the year 2020, and PS4 sold 7.5 million units in the first quarter, so it was reported that 'PS5 is narrowing down the initial shipment volume' It is.

As a source familiar with this matter, Sony said, 'By limiting the supply of PS5 and lowering the price of PS4 and PS4 Pro at the same time as PS5 is released, consumers will turn to PS4. Bloomberg said it has plans to increase the number of new subscribers to PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now . Behind the plan, he explained that there is a strategy of 'increasing recurring revenue with subscription services rather than making profit with hardware'.

Bloomberg reports that the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) does not affect the production capacity of PS5, regarding the initial shipment limit of PS5. However, Bloomberg pointed out that 'the cost of parts is rising' and announced that the company announced on February 17, 2020 that '

the selling price of PS5 will be $ 450 (about 48,000 yen) ' , 'From 499 dollars (about 54,000 yen) to 549 dollars (about 59,000 yen)' was revised upward.

PS5 has been officially announced as 'to be released during the year-end shopping season in 2020,' and Bloomberg also noted that 'it is unlikely that it will be delayed from the year-end shopping season in 2020.' Microsoft also said that PS5's competitor'Xbox Series X'will be introduced during the year-end sales season of 2020, and the conflict between Sony and Microsoft may affect the release date and price of PS5 and Xbox Series X Pointed out that there is a nature. 'There is still the possibility that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be released at a price that breaks the cost of $ 450 (about 48,000 yen),' it reports.

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Regarding the impact of COVID-19 on PS5 production, Bloomberg commented, 'Due to travel restrictions, engineers could not move to China to instruct the final adjustment, but the problem has already been resolved.' . Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, stresses that 'it should be released worldwide at the same time,' a source said.

Also, as the impact of COVID-19 on the game & network service field, Sony said that 'the impact on the business this fiscal year will be minor' 'The delay in the game software development schedule of our own studio and partner companies mainly in Europe and the United States We carefully watch the situation for the risks that arise, ' officially announced , suggesting that software development is being affected rather than hardware development.

According to Bloomberg, a Sony spokeswoman declined to comment.

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