Despite still not having a price or concrete plans for PS5 preorders (outside of a Sony-run raffle), Sony is anticipating high demand for the PlayStation 5 this holiday season, with video game sales up in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so that it’s planning to speed up shipments to the US via air freights.
According to Daniel Ahmad, analyst at Niko Partners, Sony has already scheduled numerous flights with PS5 stock for the US in order to meet retail demand for the next-gen console over the holidays. Ahmad states that he isn’t sure whether it is 60 flights, or 60 planes worth of flights being readied, but that this method of shipping will incur a bigger cost to Sony over traditional shipping via the sea.
This is identical to what Nintendo did back in 2017 to meet the growing demand of the Nintendo Switch at the time. The company absorbed the additional cost in order to ensure 2 million Switch units were available to retail ahead of its launch in March of that year, which was only disclosed a few months later in an earnings report. Back then, it was estimated that the cost of this shipping was around $45 more per unit.
Sony is hosting another digital showcase this week on September 16, which might finally disclose both the PS5’s price and release date. Currently we know that the company is preparing two versions of its console, one with a disc drive and one without. This is different to Microsoft’s strategy, with the Xbox Series S not only removing the disc drive but also shipping with less powerful components for a drastically reduced price of $300.
The PS4 has been a huge seller for Sony, shifting over 112 million units since its launch. That makes it Sony’s second best-selling system, behind the PS2 (157.68 million).
PS5 And PS4 News And Announcements
- PS5 Showcase Event Coming September 16
- Everything We Know About PS5's Price, Specs, Games, And Release Window
- Sony Is Taking PS5 Pre-Order Reservations, And You Should Register ASAP
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