According to a report by BloombergAccording to analysts from Sony, the supply shortages on PlayStation 5 will continue for the next year. A limit offer that could send players to the competition? Hmmmm … good question.
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Indeed, according to a report by BloombergSony would still struggle to meet the huge demand for its new console. We’ve seen it since its release late last year. Players have all the troubles in the world getting one, regardless of model, and desperate to rush for starved supplies when one is available.
During a briefing with Bloomberg, Hiroki Totoki, CFO on the board of directors of Sony Financial Holdings, warned fans eager to receive the latest Sony console:
I don’t think the demand will settle this year, and although we are securing a lot more devices and producing a lot more PS5 units over the next year, our supply will not be able to meet the demand.
Victim of his success
In truth (I’m telling you) the PS5 is clearly a victim of its success. Compared to its predecessors, it breaks all sales records and struggles to keep up with production and player demand.
The PlayStation 5 launch in 2020 was indeed a huge success for Sony, which recently celebrated the “best year in history” for PlayStation 7.8 million d’units expdies. Sony is still aiming for at least 14.8 million units sold in the current fiscal year, which corresponds to the sales trend of its predecessor PS4, which sold a total of 115.9 million units that day.
Given the health crisis and Sony’s inability to meet this heavy demand, Totoki wanted to respond to these metaphysical concerns:
We have sold over 100 million PS4 units and given our market share and reputation, I cannot imagine that demand will drop slightly.
If the Japanese company was also taking advantage of the COVID effect (if we can put it that way), it also announced that monthly active users on the PlayStation Network had fallen by 109 million in late January through March 2021 from over 114 million in the previous quarter.
Sales of complete sets also decreased in the quarter.