Rumor: PS4 Shipments Start In August, To Hit 16 Million
Two big questions remain for the PlayStation 4: How much, and when?
Both details should get confirmed at E3 in June, but we may have a hint as to "when."
According to DigiTimes citing "sources from PS4 component makers," Sony wants this year's shipments to reach 16 million, and those mass shipments should begin in August. It seems the new console will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, and the end result should be the machine on store shelves for the "year-end holidays." That's when Sony said the PS4 would show up, so that fits. But it's the 16 million part that's the most important in our estimation.
Recently, we published an article asking if Sony had learned something from the PS3 launch debacle. One of the biggest issues with that launch was the appallingly low number of units made available on launch day and indeed, for that holiday season in 2006. But with 16 million units available for the PS4's debut this holiday season...well, that's pretty encouraging.
By the way, to date, Sony has shipped over 100 million PlayStations, 150 million PS2s, and 77 million PS3s.
3/5/2013 10:21:12 PM Ben Dutka