Sony resolves PlayStation 5 supply issues ahead of PSVR2 launch
Sony is gearing up to launch its second-generation VR headset on February 22, and a big part of those preparations is announcing that PlayStation 5 supply issues are finally over.
Fans in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg can buy a PS5 online at direct.playstation.com, which also offers games and accessories like the new DualSense Edge controller.
This site also offers pre-orders for the PSVR2 headset and the Horizon Call of the Mountain bundle. Of course, the PlayStaion is also available from select retailers.
PS5 • DualSense Edge • PSVR2
The PS5 launched in late 2020 and came with a warning of limited supplies. The problems persisted into 2021 with no sign of resolution in 2022. Sony even had to cut production as it had component supply and logistics issues, so the problems effectively continued into 2022.
But all that is now a thing of the past, Sony is welcoming the new year with “with an increased supply of PS5 consoles”. And a new ad campaign called “Live from the PS5” – a fake news show that shows fan-favorite virtual heroes stepping into the real world. The first clip is below, you can follow PlayStation’s social media accounts as well as this page for more.
Square Enix already released Speak on PS5 and PC and there are plenty more games to come in 2023 – some new titles, some remakes and some expansions. Here is an overview:
Going back to the PlayStation VR2, the headset (with two controllers) costs $550 / €600 / £530 / ¥75,000. A few weeks ago, Sony announced 13 more games with VR support, bringing the total to over 30.
The PSVR2 pre-order campaign has been live since November, so Sony has a good estimate of how the new headset will be received by gamers – and it looks like the news isn’t as good as the company had hoped. Bloomberg reports that Sony has reduced the production target for this quarter to 1 million units.
It looks like the company expects things to slow down after the initial influx of orders, with the April 2023 to March 2024 shipment target set at just 1.5 million units. The high cost may have deterred consumers – the digital PS5 is $400, the disc version is $500, so the PSVR2 costs more than the console itself.
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