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Sony Wants to Ship Over 14.8 Million PS5s Next Fiscal Year

Sony Wants to Ship Over 14.8 Million PS5s Next Fiscal Year - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 February 2021 / 5,124 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier announced it had shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of December 31, 2020. This is the same number of PlayStation 4 consoles that were shipped in 2013. 

Sony executive deputy president and chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki during an earnings call with investors that VideoGamesChronicle transcribed said the company wants to ship over 14.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles in its next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022. 

"For next fiscal year, we believe that there will be strong demand to continue," Totoki said. "Compared to the original plan, we try to procure components at the level of the second year of the launch of the PS4 at 14.8 million – we would like to exceed that level of PS4 when it comes to PS5.

Sony Wants to Ship Over 14.8 Million PS5s Next Fiscal Year

"However, the level of demand by customers [is] so high for PS5. Therefore, for various devices, we try to procure larger volume. However, we have to look at the global shortage of semiconductors. When we try to increase our capacity, we face difficulties because of this global situation. However, we are doing our best to exceed the original plan in terms of shipments."

AMD CEO Lisa Su has previously said there will be supply issues through at least the first half of the year. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments
DonFerrari (on 05 February 2021)

That must be a lie, people ensure us that PS5 have manufacturing issues and can`t ship units.

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SvenTheTurkey (on 04 February 2021)

14.8 million seems like a pretty low goal. I understand chip shortages are affecting a lot of companies. However, this is going to turn what could have been quite a year for ps5 into nothing special.

Not that I blame them. No one saw the shortages coming. But now it's probably hard to buy extra volume which would have been possible previously.

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badskywalker SvenTheTurkey (on 04 February 2021)

"No one saw the shortages coming," some people definitely saw the shortages coming, though I will admit, I didn't know the exact reason for which the shortage would occur, but it doesn't surprise me at all that it did happen.

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mjk45 badskywalker (on 04 February 2021)

some of these contracts are made years in advance where coronavirus wasn't a thing.

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SvenTheTurkey mjk45 (on 05 February 2021)

Right. They were already locked in by the time the shortages were on the horizon.

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mjk45 SvenTheTurkey (on 04 February 2021)

So the PS4 14.5 million is the original procurement figure based off PS4 sales, and he is trying to exceed that but is being hampered by supply, this seems evident when in the last paragraph he says they are trying to beat the original estimate so ,if what Lisa SU says is correct they will have to wait to the second half of the year to see if the increased manufacturing is enough to push past those figures

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SvenTheTurkey mjk45 (on 05 February 2021)

I think the issue is that companies are potentially going to be bidding for extra capacity. So does Sony want to lose more money per console or just let the sales be moderate? I'd imagine they would rather keep the profits higher.

But if capacity really opens up after June, then it might be a different story.

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mjk45 SvenTheTurkey (on 05 February 2021)

No because they factored that in in there forecasts and the real money is made from software and subs so they will make the difference up pretty quick, and holding back volume risks customers going to the competition.
About capacity chip manufacturing is done by TSMC with AMD handling the contract and recently AMD procured all remaining capacity and allocated it all to PS5.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 February 2021)

Impossible with the stock problems!

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xl-klaudkil (on 04 February 2021)

So those 18mill numbers where false. Yea switch is gonne be nr1 again

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