Facebook is also increasing Oculus VR headset production for that reason, Nikkei reports. Its goal is to ship 2 million headsets by the end of 2020, a 50 percent increase over units shipped in 2019.
The pandemic might have boosted demand, but it could also stymie Sony’s and Facebook’s efforts to ship the extra devices in time for the holidays. Most are manufactured in China and shipped via ocean freighters, and COVID-19 demand for consoles and other home entertainment products has jammed everything up. Nintendo, for one, had trouble stocking Switches to keep up with demand for that reason. As such, Sony may reportedly try to use air cargo, despite the fact that many carriers are operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19.