COVID-19, despite being under control in most civilized countries, continues to be a concern for billions of people around the globe, many of whom have decided to change their lifestyles for the time being while we continue to wrestle with this rather persistent pest. This means staying inside rather than going out to see the world, and staying inside means that people actually want stuff to do.
Anticipating that this will still be a problem in the coming months, Sony has reportedly decided that it needs to seriously ramp up PS5 production
to accommodate the millions of gamers who’ll be looking for some new reason to stay indoors.
The report, by Nikkei Asian Review
, claims that Sony has ordered a noticeable increase in consoles, upping their target from 6 million consoles to 9 million
, with the ultimate goal of hitting 10 million before the end of the year. That will require a lot of manpower, but apparently Sony has factories where robots outnumber humans – moderately troubling in the olden days, but at this exact moment, a welcome innovation.
That said, there’s still a pretty big difference between making a console and selling one
– there are a lot of steps between the factory floor and distribution centers and finally, store shelves. So just because Sony makes 10 million PS5’s doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to find one for the holiday season. It would still be prudent, if such a thing is offered, to pre-order one and ensure you have it.
The report didn’t detail what the ratio of PS5 vs PS5 digital editions (the ones without the disk drive) would be. I very much doubt it’s a perfect 50/50 split, so that’s another thing to bear in mind.
Either way, there’s a lot to look forward to for the end of 2020. And I mean a lot. Holy crap the future is terrifying.