SONY’S smash-hit PlayStation 5 might be far easier to find in 2021, experts claim.
The Japanese gaming giant is tipped to be mass-producing 18million consoles ready for stores next year.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been in high demand since it launched in November 2020Credit: Sony PlayStation
PS5 units have been near-impossible to find for many would-be customers.
Since the console’s launch in early November, the PS5 has been largely sold out across the board.
Even stock-refreshes have been snapped up in seconds, as desperate gamers (and their friends and family) raced to bag a console before Christmas.
It’s the latest version of the PlayStation, offering 8K gaming and a slew of new console exclusives.
The smash-hit console comes in two variants – and ships with a next-gen DualSense controllerCredit: Sony PlayStation
If you missed out on a console, don’t fret: industry news site Digitimes reports that many more are on the way.
“Production for Sony’s PS5 games consoles is likely to reach 16.8-18million units in 2021,” Digitimes insiders wrote.
This would be “field by additional capacity support from TSMC and back-end services firms”.
TSMC stands for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and is one of the world’s biggest computer chip firms.
Sony reportedly flogged more than 3.4million PS5 units in the first four weeks of sales.
It marks the biggest PlayStation launch of all time.
Sadly, while Sony has confirmed that more PS5 units are on the way, the figure of 18million remains unofficial.
It’s possible (and even likely) that you’ll still struggle to get your hands on a PS5 next year, as more games launch for the new system.
It could be easier to get your hands on a PS5 in 2021Credit: Sony PlayStation
Sony launched two versions of the PlayStation 5 in the US on November 12, and in the UK on November 19.
The full PS5 costs £449/$499, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359/$399.
They’re up against the Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), which hit shelves worldwide November 10.
All four consoles have been sold out around the world, with stock seesawing in and out of availability over the past few weeks.
The PS5 launched with major exclusive games like Spider-Man Miles Morales and a revamped version of Dark Souls for players to enjoy.
Xbox gamers, on the other hand, have a new Halo title to look forward to next year.
In other news, The Sun’s favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Grab a VR headset and you’ll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.
And Dell’s Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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