A Bloomberg report from earlier this year claimed Sony meant to manufacturer only a select number of PlayStation 5 units in the console's first year to market. However, Nikkei now reports that number has gone up to 9 million, and Bloomberg's estimate is even higher at 10 million units.
Sony will build twice as many PlayStation 5s in 2020 as it had originally planned, according to reports from Bloomberg and Nikkei. Thus, a demand for gaming may surge quite drastically. Now however, output has been increased by an equal measure to that of the PS5, so expect around 15-17 million DualSense controllers out in the wild.
The impact of the pandemic on the sale of game consoles in the past six months has already been felt by Nintendo, which faced a shortage of Switch family consoles.
The electronics giant has informed assembly partners and suppliers it's radically increasing orders for its next-generation console, though logistics may yet pose a challenge to delivering all those machines on time for the holiday shopping season, the people said, asking to remain anonymous. The problem was more pronounced in those markets that are geographically remote from the place of production of consoles - in Europe and the USA.
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According to Bloomberg's sources, mass production on the next-gen console kicked off in June.
It's important to note that all 10 million units might not be available on store shelves before the end of the year. One suggestion is air travel for shipping purposes, as was the case with the PlayStation 4's launch in 2014.
Considering that the PS5's launch is tentatively set for "holiday 2020", those figures would be pretty massive.