Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Video Game Talk
Reload this Page >

When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Video Game Talk The Place to talk about and trade Video & PC Games

When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Old 01-26-20, 07:15 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been announced for release at the end of this year, and early prototypes of both consoles have already been sent to developers. How far in advance of the upcoming console releases will Sony and Microsoft actually start large-scale manufacturing of the components for their upcoming consoles? Is it probable that launch consoles are already being manufactured? Thanks to anyone that replies.
Old 01-27-20, 08:09 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Rob V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the lake
Posts: 10,748
Received 15 Likes on 13 Posts
Re: When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

I would guess 3-4 months before... mostly to run our production issues, confirm fit & finish of the final product, stress test a production intent product, etc.
Old 02-02-20, 06:15 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Originally Posted by Rob V View Post
I would guess 3-4 months before... mostly to run our production issues, confirm fit & finish of the final product, stress test a production intent product, etc.
Thanks for your reply, and I also assume large-scale manufacturing does not occur until closer to launch but wanted to make sure. I assume any reports about early console production likely must refer to testing the manufacturing process itself and to have early units available to test, as you stated. Thanks again for your reply.
Old 02-02-20, 08:05 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Michael Corvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 58,211
Received 29 Likes on 20 Posts
Re: When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Remember about 9 months out from the Wii launch when word got out how basic it would be to manufacture? People/gamers thought Nintendo had been stockpiling millions of units prior to launch based on that news. How naive were we? Then launch comes around and it's a shortage day one. Good times.
Old 02-03-20, 03:37 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Nashville TN
Posts: 7,730
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Re: When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

With what's going on over in China now with that virus, it'll be interesting to see what not just happens with the new Xbox and PS5 but other in the tech industry. Flextronics made about 90% of the Xbox Ones and while they had factories all over....Hungary, Mexico, Poland, India, Malaysia, China, Brazil, USA...which some of those made the Xbox 360...some were shutdown to save costs and expanded operations in China.

The PS4 was and is made in Japan and by Foxconn in China.....and is pretty much the world's largest company that provides electronic assembly and production; Flex is the 3rd largest.

There's a lot of logistics and manufacturing planning involved...heck the motherboard parts alone probably involve 7-10 companies. AMD has probably had the CPU production going and no telling on all the chips which one hiccup in the Chip Market can cause some serious supply issues. Then of course the Hard Drives.....which alone itself is fascinating on how they are made...and they don't exactly pop those out like peanuts and potato chips. I wouldn't doubt that the training, test runs and ironing the manufacturing process has already started....
Old 02-23-20, 05:25 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 777
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: When do console makers actually begin manufacturing upcoming consoles?

Thanks for the replies.

On the subject of console manufacturing, does anyone know if there is a reason why some console manufacturers started including the date it was manufactured on the console itself now?

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.