Sony Denies Reports of Decreased PlayStation 5 Manufacturing

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Sony denied reports Tuesday that it had cut production of the PlayStation 5 for 2020 by 4 million units in the face of manufacturing troubles.

A Bloomberg report published earlier that day claimed production had dropped to 11 million units from 15 million, and cited sources familiar with the matter. The problem was said to be the console's custom-designed system-on-chip, production yields of which were as low as 50%. The yields were gradually improving, but had yet to become stable.

Sony declined to comment on the Bloomberg story, releasing a statement a few hours later.

"While we do not release details related to manufacturing, the information provided by Bloomberg is false," the company told "We have not changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since the start of mass production."

The statement did not provide a number for the number of units set to be produced.

The PS5 is set for release by the end of the year, though Sony has yet to announce release date or pricing information. The company will hold a PS5 showcase Wednesday that could contain those details. Competitor Microsoft shared the release date and pricing for its Xbox Series X and Series S last week.