Sony are using air fright to make sure the PS5 ships in time later this year. This is not an uncommon practice. However, it does cost a lot more money than shipping a product via land or sea. According to Delta Online, the company has booked 60 Delta 747 flights from October in order to ship the PlayStation 5 stock.
Keep in mind that this stock is not for South Africa but instead, Sony may use these flights to ship the console in the US and beyond. Delta claims each of these 60 flights are fully booked for Sony meaning every plane is going to be packed with PS5 consoles to the brim.
It is not an uncommon practice for a tech company to ship hardware via air freight. However, usually, these things are done by land especially when it comes down to local shipping. As for South African PS5 stock? Well, ours will arrive via air freight too but not on a privately-booked plane like the American stock.
Sony has also slashed the production of the PlayStation 5 by 4 million units according to Bloomberg raising concerns over stock constraints. The company originally upped the production from 10 million to 15 million back in July. However, following production issues with its custom-designed system-on-chip, the company won’t be able to meet its expected 15 million shipments.
Bloomberg reports the PlayStation 5 production results from manufacturing issues;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#1256FF” class=”” size=”21″]”the company has come up against manufacturing issues, such as production yields as low as 50% for its SOC, which have cut into its ability to produce as many consoles as it wishes, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the deliberations aren’t public. Yields have been gradually improving but have yet to reach a stable level, they added.[/perfectpullquote]
The company is set to host a showcase event tomorrow evening at 22:00 SAT. Expect the PS5 price and release date to be the highlight of the show.