Fans who got a PS5 during the launch window are really lucky as “almost everything is sold” according to SIE CEO Jim Ryan. Sony Interactive Entertainment is working hard on increasing supply to meet the demand.
Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold … I’ve spent much of the last year trying to be sure that we can generate enough demand for the product. And now in terms of my executive bandwidth I’m spending a lot more time on trying to increase supply to meet that demand.
Ryan also states that he “wouldn’t recommend another console launch amid a pandemic”. Here’s what he had to say about the launch of PS5:
I guess my two principle feelings are one of happiness as things appear to be going well, and secondly of relief – we did it in this unusual, strange and frankly rather difficult year. Of all the things that I’ve learned this year, one is that I wouldn’t plan on doing another big console launch in the midst of a global pandemic, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody else. It’s been difficult, it’s been challenging from the production side, not being able to get anybody into the factories in Asia… Before we started production, we had to do all the manufacturing preparation by camera remotely. I mean, just imagine that for a precision device like the PlayStation 5.