Sony is having trouble keeping the manufacturing costs of the PlayStation 5 under $450 per unit, spelling potential disaster for consumers.
Sony is having trouble keeping the manufacturing costs of the PlayStation 5 under $450 per unit, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
Citing ‘people with knowledge of the matter,’ Bloomberg says a scarcity of components is pushing up the price. DRAM and NAND flash memory are specifically problematic.
High demand for these parts from smartphone manufacturers prepping for the proliferation of 5G makes finding a reliable supply challenging.
As recently as last month, Sony said the final retail cost of the Xbox Series X would dictate the price of the PlayStation 5. While Sony and competitor Microsoft remain guarded over the expected pricing of their respective next-generation consoles, the consensus is that pricing above $399 would hamper sales.
Selling consoles as at a loss at the beginning of a generational life-cycle is a relatively common practice. Manufacturers then recuperate losses through game sales. But, this price surge would see Sony take a substantially larger hit to keep the cost down for consumers.
Sony may also opt to take a different approach and price to PlayStation 5 higher to compensate for the increased manufacturing costs. Sony would look to make a profit, albeit a marginal one. In this case, fans would bear the brunt of the cost.
These two stances have caused divisions internally.
It’s reasonable to assume that Microsoft may be experiencing similar sourcing issues. With both intending to align their prices with one another to a certain extent, the two may raise these in unison. The next-generation consoles may be more expensive than anticipated – a pricing disaster for consumers.
The report also reveals that Sony is investing in a more robust cooling solution for the PS5. This should please anyone who’s witnessed the cacophony caused by a PlayStation 4’s fans running full blast.
Equally interesting, Bloomberg reports that Sony is planning cross-generational releases for many PlayStation 5 titles.