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Report: Sony lowers PlayStation 5 production outlook due to component shortage

The company expects to produce 1.5 million fewer units than previously anticipated.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

November 11, 2021

1 Min Read

Sony is the latest console maker to reduce its production outlook for the fiscal year due to component shortages.

According to Reuters, the Japanese company has downwardly revised its PlayStation 5 production target for FY2022 to 15 million units from 16 million units.

People familiar with the company's operations indicated the decision is a result of the ongoing semiconductor shortage that's causing issues for hardware manufacturers. 

Other companies like Nintendo are also being impacted. Earlier this year, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that Switch production was "more uncertain" due to supply issues.

Nintendo then reportedly lowered Switch production targets by 20 percent at the beginning of November, before also reducing Switch hardware sales estimates for the fiscal year to 24 million units from 25.5 million units.

Back in September, Toshiba indicated that semiconductor shortages could affect console production for at least another year.

"The supply of chips will remain very tight until at least September next year," commented Takeshi Kamebuchi, a director in charge of semiconductors at Toshiba. "Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and I’m sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have a 100 percent satisfaction."

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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