The severe shortage of PlayStation 5 units in Asian markets may soon be resolved as Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is expected to produce between 16.8 and 18 million units in 2021.
However, consumers in Asian countries may not have to wait too long as sources say more PS5 units will be shipped to Asian markets after January 2021.
Digitimes reported that as many as 18 million PS5 units will be produced next year, thanks to additional capacity support from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and backend services firms.
It is understood that TSMC has allocated additional foundry capacity to produce PS5’s customized AMD 7nm CPU, which will enable downstream production partners to ramp increase the PS5’s rate of production.
The PS5 was launched in Singapore on November 19, and December 11 in Malaysia and the Philippines. As for gamers in Indonesia, their wait will be slightly longer as the PS5 will only be available in the country on January 22, 2021, with pre-orders beginning on December 18, 2020.
The PS5 is sold out in most countries in Asia. In Japan, for instance, consumers need to enter a lottery to buy the extremely limited stock, and they have to fulfil a set of conditions before being eligible to enter. It was reported that as of December 20, a total of 242,000 PS5 units have been sold in Japan alone.