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Sony will continue making PS4s as PS5 shortage continues

With the chip shortage continuing to slow delivery of new PS5s, Sony is still reportedly dedicated to producing the PS4 for the time being.

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It’s no secret that PlayStation 5 consoles are still hard to come by. Whether because of a continuing global famine on chip supply or due to scalpers making off with as much of any new available sales as possible, Sony has had to reconsider its efforts to simply move forward and put full stock into the console.  Reportedly, Sony has delayed a quick transition to the PS5 and is instead planning on continuing to produce PS4s throughout 2022.

This report comes via sources familiar with manufacturing at Sony, as shared by Bloomberg. While the PlayStation 5 has sold well, there are still a lot of obstacles in the way of moving as many as Sony wants. The COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions associated with it slowed supply lines quite thoroughly and the chip famine that has continued to affect multiple industries inside and outside of gaming has also played a role in Sony’s decision. With this in mind, the transition to PS5 will be slowed as Sony continues to produce PS4 consoles alongside it for the rest of 2022.

The PS4 is cheaper and easier to make due to its older components, which Sony reportedly hopes will offset pressure on the scarce PS5 supply throughout this year.
The PS4 is cheaper and easier to make due to its older components, which Sony reportedly hopes will offset pressure on the scarce PS5 supply throughout this year.

There was rumor last year that Sony had planned to try to discontinue the creation of new PlayStation 4s by the end of 2021. This was obviously curtailed, though a PlayStation spokesperson also told Bloomberg that there was no current timeline to stop manufacturing the PS4.

“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” the company said.

It’s not as though the PS5 hasn’t come out of the gate swinging either. Sony managed to ship 13 million units of the new console by the end of October 2021, marking a strong first year for the PS5. Furthermore, US legislation has been considered to target scalpers and aftermarket sellers taking advantage of scarcity.

However, it at least it seems that those who can’t find a PS5 right now won’t be without something to play. The PS4’s lifespan has seemingly been extended and is here to stay for a little bit longer.

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    January 12, 2022 8:25 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Sony will continue making PS4s as PS5 shortage continues

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      January 12, 2022 8:26 AM

      "Sony reveals preference to continue making money; will keep revenue stream open" It's amazing that it's been 14 months and it's still really, really difficult for an ordinary person to purchase a PS5.

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      January 12, 2022 8:28 AM

      I can't believe they're not just making Pro's. The base PS4 is so slow in comparison.

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        January 12, 2022 8:37 AM

        costs.

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          January 12, 2022 8:38 AM

          I get it -- the PS4 is definitely the value option, but I feel bad for someone buying a PS4 today. haha

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            January 12, 2022 8:42 AM

            "I've heard great things about God of War!"

            "Yeah, I mean, it's pretty amazing technically. Boot it up!"

            *fan spins up*

            "Huh, that's a little loud...well, I mean, it *is* an older console."

            *fan spins up more*

            "CAN YOU HEAR ME?"

            "YEAH, BUT YOU MAY WANT TO TURN UP YOUR SOUNDBAR. HIGHER...UH, HIGHER..."

            *PS4 begins to float as the intro screen appears*

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              January 12, 2022 8:50 AM

              haha my Pro had the same issue. :)

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        January 12, 2022 9:15 AM

        It's probably also a cost thing at certain levels.

        For some folks I know, the price of a Switch equates to a large / special purchase.

        Also, my PS4 regular is a totally serviceable Fortnite device for my kids. I'd install it on my PS5.. but then it would take away my time from Returnal :)

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      January 12, 2022 8:31 AM

      That sucks. Cross gen games that run like crap on last gen consoles yet feel limited on current consoles are here to stay.

      Halo (an Xbox game, I know) felt like that. It ran at 60FPS on Xbox series x, but static leaves on trees would flip your warthog as if all trees were concrete.

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        January 12, 2022 8:32 AM

        Halo and Forza (Forza less so) would have both benefited being Series and PC-only. Supporting your 2013 turd box is admirable, but also holds back progress.

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      January 12, 2022 9:07 AM

      Wonder if they are considering a price cut?

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