Sony also announced two new colours for the DualSense, but let’s hope that we will see more of them in store than the consoles!
In a Wired article, Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) said the following: „We’re working as hard as we can to ameliorate the situation. We see [the] production [of the PlayStation 5] ramping up over the summer and certainly into the second half of the year, and we would hope to see some sort of return to normality in terms of the balance between supply and demand during that period.” (This comment seems to go against what we recently discussed, coming from Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s chief financial officer!)
With this comment, Ryan hinted that he wants more PlayStation 5 consoles to be available, as, in this period, Horizon Forbidden West (which will also be on PlayStation 4) will launch, and it’d be reasonable to have some hardware for the software. Sony’s spokesperson told Wired that the PS5 sold 11% more games in its first five months than the PlayStation 4. The engagement was also much higher, as 81% more time was spent by users logged in than in the previous console generation in late 2013 and early 2014. (Then again, there was no pandemic back then.) The coronavirus global pandemic has somewhat distorted the numbers, though: in March 2021, 20% more playtime was registered year-on-year. According to Newzoo, an analyst firm, the console market will shrink by 8.9% this year, but the console market will have the strongest growth in the industry in 2022 due to upcoming AAA games.
Meanwhile, SIE announced two new colours for the DualSense, called Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. Both will launch at retailers worldwide in June. It’s surprisingly late to see new colours added (half a year into the PlayStation 5’s life) but better late than never.
There’s also a video for them.