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Chip shortage forces Sony to cut PS5 shipping forecast

Unfortunately, it won’t be any easier to buy a PlayStation 5 in the weeks and months to come. Sony is lowering its forecast for the number of PS5s it plans to ship by over 3 million units.

The company’s original goal was to produce 14.8 million PS5 units in fiscal year 2021, which ends March 31. But on Wednesday, Sony revised the forecast to 11.5 million units.

In an earnings call, the company blamed continued chip shortages and global supply chain disruptions, which lead to “increased delivery times”.

“Limitations on component supply are expected to continue,” Sony added. “But we continue to make every effort to meet the high demand for PS5.”

The way scalpers continue to grab PS5 supplies from retailers doesn’t help the matter. On eBay, third-party sellers are still offering the console for $200-$300 more than the normal price, despite the end of the holiday sales boom. (For advice on buying a PS5, see our guide.)

During the earnings call, the company also discussed its decision to buy Bungie, the game studio behind the original Halo games and the Destiny franchise. A big question is whether future games from Bungie will become PlayStation exclusives. This could help the company compete with the Xboxm, especially as Microsoft pushes to buy Activision Blizzard.

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However, Sony noted in the earnings call: “Bungie will operate as an independent studio and will continue to publish its content on platforms other than PlayStation.” Instead, one of the company’s main goals in buying Bungie is to use the game studio’s expertise in developing online multiplayer titles for consoles and PC. Through Bungie, Sony plans to release “more than 10 live service games by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2026.”

“Furthermore, we view rolling out our gaming IP across multiple platforms as a major growth opportunity for Sony, as evidenced by the success of the PC versions of God of War and other first-party games,” Sony added. . “Through this acquisition, we intend to acquire new users and increase engagement on platforms other than PlayStation.”

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