Between November 2020 and March 2021, Sony managed to produce and distribute 7.8 million PS5s, thus surpassing the historical record of the PS4 (7.5 million consoles between November 2013 and March 2014). For the current new financial year, the manufacturer has once again set itself the goal of doing better than the PS4. For this, it will have to distribute more than 14.8 million PS5 in the world between April 2021 and March 2022.
Despite this optimistic forecast, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki told analysts in attendance after the financial results presentation that demand for PS5 is likely to outstrip supply for the rest of the year and that this situation could. even extend into 2022. An unusually long stock shortage in the history of game consoles, which can be explained by a great shortage of semiconductors, the effects of which are far from being limited to the video game market alone.
“I don’t think demand will subside this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce a lot more PlayStation 5 units next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with the demand.“, commented Hiroki Totoki during a meeting, according to several people on the spot. For the management of Sony, there is also little chance that the gradual decline of the Covid-19 epidemic and the lifting of the measures of containment have a significant impact on demand.
“We have sold over 100 million copies of the PlayStation 4 and given our market share and reputation, I can’t imagine the demand dropping easily.“, says Hiroki Totoki. For the new fiscal year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022), Sony Group Corporation has set an ambitious new target for its PlayStation division, anticipating a new record turnover of 22 billion euros instead of 20.2 billion euros, although operating profit is expected to decline from 2.6 billion euros to 2.4 billion euros.