A new report from Nikkei’s Asian Review provides a behind-the-scenes look at Sony’s PlayStation manufacturing facility in Japan. One of the most remarkable insights is that the process of creating a PlayStation console is now largely automated – that’s right, robots build game consoles.
The report states that this advanced automation enables the PlayStation manufacturing facility in Kisarazu to assemble a PlayStation 4 console every 30 seconds.
There are people who are involved in the process in limited capacity – two people put bare motherboards on the assembly line and two others pack the end brackets once they̵
Sony uses the Mitsubishi Electric robots for the actual assembly of the PS4 consoles. A total of 26 robots are planned for the production of PlayStation consoles in the factory. In some processes, two robots work together to complete tasks. One example is that one robot holds a cable while another twists it.
The new, robot-heavy assembly line in Kisarazu was completed in 2018. This is likely to be the same line from which the PlayStation 5 consoles are made, which are slated to be released later this year.
In addition to the new PS5, Sony will continue to produce PS4 and PS4 Pro models as well as the pure digital PS5 edition. Robots make this process faster and more efficient. Nobody quoted in the story fears that the robots will become sentient and overtake the factory, even though they clearly outperform their human production colleagues.