PS5 release date NEWS: Fans dealt killer PlayStation 5 blow ahead of launch

The PS5 release date may be set for late 2020, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get your hands on one right away.

In a blow to fans, a new report suggests that there may be fewer PlayStation 5 units than expected.

According to Bloomberg, Sony plans to manufacture 5-6 million PlayStation 5 units by the end of March. That’s far below the 7.5 million+ PS4 consoles that were sold in the first six months of the console’s launch.

“The company has told assembly partners it would make 5 to 6 million units of the PS5 in the fiscal year ending March 2021, according to other people involved in the machine’s supply chain,” the report reads.

“When Sony released the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, it sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters.”

Perhaps surprisingly, however, the limited supply isn’t down to COVID-19.

Instead, the source claims that Sony “is limiting its initial production run in part because it expects the PS5’s ambitious specs to weigh on demand by leading to a high price at launch”.

Indeed, the article continues by suggesting the PS5 could cost between $499-$549 at launch. Based on current exchange rates, that’s around £439 for UK customers. 

Sony’s next-gen console will support 8K resolution, ray-tracing technology and have much faster loading times.

The speedy (or non-existent) loading times are possible thanks to the specialised solid-state drive, which will make a huge difference to processing speeds.

In Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro, for example, it can take upwards of 15 seconds to fast travel from one location to another. The PS5, on the other hand, will be able to handle the same task in less than a second.

Worlds can also be rendered at far greater speeds, which should inject more pace into games.

The next-gen PlayStation console will also ship with a brand new controller.

The DualSense controllers will feature “highly programmable voice-coil actuators located in the left and right grips of the controller”, which will provide all-new controller feedback sensations.

The controller will be able to provide different sensations when running in sand compared to swimming in water or moving over a wooden bridge.

The DualSense will also benefit from adaptive triggers, which will greatly benefit shooting games.

Adaptive triggers will provide varying levels of resistance depending on the in-game experience. Tension will increase when firing a bow, for example.

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