Amid reports of production issues, the PlayStation 5 is expected to be in low supply this holiday

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The PlayStation 5.

When the PlayStation 5 launches this holiday season, it may be hard to find.

Production issues with the PlayStation 5's main chip are reportedly to blame for the console's shortage at launch, according to a new Bloomberg report. Sony is said to have revised its production forecast downward by 4 million units, from 15 million to 11 million PlayStation 5 consoles produced by March 2021 — at the end of the Japanese electronics giant's fiscal year.

The console first debuted in mid-June, and in late-August, Sony announced "a limited quantity of PS5 consoles available for preorder." The company instituted a lottery system for customers interested in preordering the console: Enter your PlayStation Network ID on this page, and hope for the best.

"We will be inviting some of our existing consumers to be one of the first to preorder one from PlayStation," the company said. Using "previous interests and PlayStation activities," the company will determine who is able to preorder the PlayStation 5.

Sony has yet to announce its next-gen console's release date or price, but the company is streaming a "PlayStation 5 Showcase" event on September 16 where more launch details are expected to be revealed.

It comes in two versions: There's a standard PlayStation 5, with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, and a Digital Edition without a disc drive.

PlayStation 5

Design-wise, the two consoles are very similar.

As seen above, the digital edition is symmetrical, while the standard edition has a bump where the disc drive is located.

It's unclear what the price difference will be between the two versions, but the functional difference is evident: The digital model is unable to read discs, while the standard model can. In practice, that means the digital version is able to play only downloaded games.

Sony representatives did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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