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If you’re still struggling to buy a PlayStation 5, there’s good news: Despite the ongoing chip shortage, Sony has set the ambitious goal of doubling PS5 shipments over the next 12 months.
“Although constraints on the supply of components, especially semiconductors, are expected to continue this fiscal year, our current target is to exceed the 14.8 million units we sold in the second year after the launch of the PlayStation 4,” the company wrote in its earnings presentation for fiscal Q4, which ended on March 31.
So far, the current pace of PS5 inventory has slowed. From January to March, Sony shipped 3.3 million units of the PS5, down from the 4.5 million units it sent out during the initial launch in November and December.
This means the company has shipped 7.8 million PS5 units in total. However, Sony points out the figure is slightly more than what it shipped during the initial release for the PS4 in 2013.
The company’s goal is for PS5 supplies to outpace the PS4. However, Sony is still warning that the semiconductor shortage and other challenges could slow the console’s production.
“Can we drastically increase the supply? No, that’s not likely,” company executives said during an earnings call, which was translated. “So the shortage of semiconductors is one factor. But there are other factors which will impact on production volume. So that at present we would like to aim at second [fiscal] year sales at 14.8 million units.”
In the meantime, the PS5 has remained largely out of stock at the major retailers. To buy one immediately, you can try eBay, where scalpers are reselling the console, but often for twice the normal price.
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