Sony has denied these were any issues related to the manufacture of its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, refuting a recent story from Bloomberg.
"Although we do not publish details of the production, the information provided by Bloomberg is incorrect," a Sony spokesman told Digital Trends. "We haven't changed the production number for PlayStation 5 since we started mass production."
Bloomberg reported that Sony cut PS5 production numbers from 15 million to 11 million. The news agency said the company is addressing production issues related to the system-on-chip for the console, which is made to measure.
There was also reportedly an issue with production yields, a metric used to figure out how many of the units produced are good to ship versus defective ones. These yields were reportedly 50%, which is below average. That number improved, however, and Bloomberg said the low-interest numbers "are just an estimate and could be revised again before the end of the fiscal year in March 2021".
The supposed production backlog was not expected to affect sales of the system in the first few months of its release, but rather it would intensify in 2021 due to the demand and handling of Sony's production revenues.
Sony shares fell 2.4% on the news, their lowest level since July, according to Bloomberg.
While Sony has yet to announce a price or an actual release date for the upcoming console, a showcase for the system will be held on September 16, where the company will reveal these details. Pre-orders for the new console started last month.
Much is at stake for Sony as rival Microsoft releases its own new console, the Xbox Series X and Series S. These will be released on November 10th. The Series X is $ 500 and the Series S is $ 300.
The new consoles will usher in the next generation of console games. The PS5 offers 8K games and 4K games at 120 Hz via an AMD Zen 2 CPU with eight cores, 825 GB of SSD storage and a custom AMD RDNA 2-based GPU. Overall, the system is capable of generating 10.28 teraflops of power, which almost doubles the PS4 Pro's output of 4.2 teraflops.