In a post on LinkedIn, Chandrashekar Raju, the director of engineering at Sony PlayStation, wrote that the company had sold 6.5 million PlayStation 5 to date. Based on the last financial report, as of 31 December 2020, 4.5 million PlayStation 5 were sold. But last year, this volume was sold, in fact, in a month and a half (sales, we recall, started on November 12), which has already passed three. It turns out that in half the time, Sony sold half the number of consoles.
Obviously, sales are falling, but not because demand has fallen: on the contrary, new PS5 batches are scattering in different countries like hotcakes. The problem is in production: TSMC is loaded with orders to the full, but even so, it cannot provide the output of AMD SoCs – the key components of the PS5 – at a level that would eliminate the shortage.
It is also interesting that Sony initially sold the PlayStation 5 at a loss. If the company was going to compensate for it with sales of both consoles and games, then so far, this plan is hardly realizable. Sony will likely sell the PlayStation 5 at a loss until the shortage is eliminated. And he, according to forecasts, will last until the third quarter of this year.