Sony’s backend partners including ASE Technology and Greatek Electronics have commenced shipments of new-generation PS5 consoles, slated to launch later this year. As per sources, the first batch of units will be shipped this month to channel partners globally, with a steady ramp-up in the coming months.
Like most other electronics, the PS5 is also assembled in China and Taiwan. Most of the testing and verification are done here itself, after which these units are shipped globally to the respective channel partners. ASE (Advanced Semiconductor Engineering) based in Taiwan is one of Sony’s primary backend partners and has commenced shipping the next-gen consoles as well.
Sony is expecting to sell at least $10 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020 itself. The overall shipments for the PS5 are expected to be 10% higher than its predecessor. This is despite the fact that this generation of consoles is expected to have a shorter lifespan of five years instead of seven. Where the PS4 sold has sold around $110 units to date, the PS5 is expected to sell around 120-170 million units worldwide during its 5-year life-span.
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