Sony CEO Jim Ryan has said there will be more PS5 units available at launch than there were for the release of PS4 in 2013.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Ryan said there would be more PlayStation 5 units available on release than last-gen. While he offers no concrete number, the Post points out that a million PS4s were sold on day one alone, and 2.1 million were sold in the first two weeks, which should offer some idea of the numbers involved.
Ryan also explained that the ongoing pandemic had made that seem uncertain at one point: “For quite some time, in the early part of covid, that picture was far from clear. Just as the supply things was unclear, would there be any market? Would anyone be allowed to go outside? Would any shops be open? This has been a year like no other. But all of that just reinforced our resolve, and the path we determined at the start of the year was absolutely the right one.”
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There’s been much discussion in recent months as to how Sony was being hit by the knock-on effects of factory closures and supply chain issues. Most recently, reports emerged that PS4 had cut production by 4 million units – reports Sony swiftly denied, saying the number had not changed.
PS5 preorders have now opened, after we got confirmed pricings of US$499 / £449 / AU$750 for the full edition, and US$399 / £359 / AU$600 for the digital edition. The console will arrive on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and November 19 in all other territories.
Here’s where you can preorder the PS5 from a number of major retailers:
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