MUMBAI: Sony is launching its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console in India in the coming weeks as it tries to capitalise on the pandemic-driven boom in gaming.
“We are happy to announce that PS5 shall be launched in India on 2nd of February 2021,” the Japanese firm tweeted from its PlayStation India Twitter handle. Preorders for PS5 will begin on January 12 and will be available for orders at major retailers, the tech firm said.
Microsoft launched two models of its Xbox gaming console in November, seven years after the debut of the previous version, while Sony launched its PS5 in core markets two days later.
Sony launched the PS5 in US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other regions on November 12 and on November 19 for the rest of the world and the demand has been high ever since Sony opened pre-orders.
According to a report, 3.4 million units of the PlayStation 5 were shipped in the first four weeks making it the highest selling PlayStation console ever. The report added that Sony is expected to allocate more PlayStation 5 units for the Asian markets after January 2021.
Despite this short supply, the company was able to set a new sales record for its PlayStation console. The report also states that Sony is expected to ship 16.8 million to 18 million units in 2021 if Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and backend service firms can provide additional capacity support.
The PS5’s 7nm CPU is produced by AMD and the company has reportedly secured the necessary components from TSMC to allow production partners to ramp up console output.