If you were hoping to get your hands on a PS5 (review) in 2022, we say, you may need to look again. Sony has reportedly lowered its internal production forecast from 16 million units to 15 million for the current financial year.
According to Bloomberg, “The Tokyo-based entertainment giant had previously targeted more than 16 million units assembled in the year ending March, setting it up to achieve its sales goal for the period and also get a head start on the subsequent year’s production. The company has now cut that number down to about 15 million, making its aim of 14.8 million PS5 sales by March difficult, the people said, asking not to be named as the information is not public”.
The reason for the reduction in console availability is of course the ongoing chip shortage and logistical issues. So, if you were hoping to get your hands on a PS5, you may want to keep your expectations in check.
The PS5 launched internationally in November 2020 and launched in India in February 2021. The disc edition of the PS5 is priced at Rs 49,990 in India but it is very hard to get one via official channels. Through the scalper market, the PS5 is available between Rs 54000 and Rs 58000 in India, for the disc edition.
Sony has made a number of improvements to the PS5 since launch such as enabling the built-in M.2 storage expansion option (which wasn’t available at launch) and making some much-needed tweaks to the UI. Sony has also made a hardware revision to the PS5 by reducing the size of the heatsink and also redesigning the screw that holds the stand in place.
While Sony doesn’t have any big exclusive games lined up for the end of 2021, the beginning of 2022 looks to be quite interesting with games like Horizon: Forbidden West and Sifu releasing in February 2022. If you are confused between the PS5 and Xbox Series X (review) you can check out our detailed comparison here or watch it below.
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