So, for the first quarter of sales (formally – for the last quarter of 2020, but in reality, the console was sold only for a month and a half, since mid-November) Sony sold 4.5 million consoles. Everything is at the PS4 level: in the first quarter of sales in 2013, 4.5 million PlayStation 4 were also sold. And although this is a lot, it does not correspond to market demand.
Moreover, judging by the supply forecast, the PS5 shortage situation will only worsen, since the company expects to ship only 3 million consoles in the first quarter of this year. That is, if in 2020 there were 3 million PS5s per month, then in the first quarter of this year – only 1 million per month are guaranteed.
And the second important point: Sony has confirmed that it is selling the PlayStation 5 at a loss, although the amount of this loss has not been disclosed. According to rumors, which were circulating even before the launch of the PS5, Sony could lose about $100 on each copy of the console.
PlayStation 5 finally gets a launch date in India
Indian gamers especially the PlayStation 5 fans can now be happy because this console is coming to them soon. After months of speculations and rumors, Sony India finally announced that the PlayStation 5 will arrive in India on February 2nd. In addition, the announcement also says that the pre-orders will begin on January 12th. The Twitter post lists the official retail partners like Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, Games The Shop, Shop at Sony Center, Vijay Sales, and other select retailers.
As we all know, Sony PlayStation 5 is a high demand commodity. Thus, in the first few weeks, the supply for this device will be very low. Recall that the first release of this device is November 12th. This means that the Indian launch is coming about three months late.
As for its price, the Hard Drive version will sell for Rs 49,990 while the Digital Version will retail for Rs 39,990. However, due to the high demand for this console, it will be very difficult to purchase the PS5 for the launch price. Many buyers may eventually purchase this device two or three times higher than the launch price. This is the case with the black market (non-official) pre-sale of this device. On Sony’s part, it is trying hard to discourage black market sales. According to Sony, all units purchased before the official release date and via unauthorized sellers will not have any warranty.
For the official retailers, all PS5 units will have a warranty for a period of 12 months. In India, this means that users will get a new unit if anything goes wrong within one year. However, there are terms and conditions to this warranty. In addition, its accessories like the DualSense controllers do not have any warranty.
Sony PS5 Hardware Specs
In terms of other parameters, the Sony PlayStation 5 series has two versions – the optical drive and digital version. They come with AMD’s custom 8-core Zen 2 CPU 3.5GHz (supports frequency conversion). The graphics card is AMD’s custom GPU with RDNA2 architecture. The frequency is up to 2.23GHz, supports 10.28 trillion floating-point operations per second; supports 120Hz/8K output, 3D sound effects, etc., In addition, this console is directly backward compatible with PS4 games. PlayStation CEO, Jim Ryan, confirmed that 99% of PS4 games are playable on PS5. This device comes with 16GB GDDR6 of RAM. The memory bandwidth stands at 448GB/s and the internal storage sits at 825GB. However, the available storage for users is about 650GB.