Back in April, reports came out Sony was planning to produce a limited number of PlayStation 5 consoles at launch; an estimated 5 to 6 million units were expected to be shipped till March 2021. New reports today from Nikkei says the figure has almost been doubled to 9 million units while Bloomberg Japan is reporting around 10 million units by the end of the year.
The reason cited by both publications is due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has caused an increase in gaming entertainment at home. While production is on course, there may be logistics problems which may affect sales if the pandemic situation does not improve.
The PS4 launched in November 2013 around the same period Sony is planning to launch the PS5 in 2020, by the end of December the PlayStation 4 had sold $4.2 million units. If Sony can sell as much as 9 million units of the PS5 within the same period, that would represent a major profit.
According to Nikkei, Facebook is also increasing production of its Oculus VR headsets by 50 percent. Facebook’s Oculus leads the market share in VR headsets globally and the company is working towards producing 2 million units of the headsets.
Facebook plans to stop selling Oculus Go, its entry-level VR device and focus on its standalone VR which gives a more immersive experience compared to headsets that need PC or smartphones to function.