Sony will continue making PS4 consoles throughout 2022 due to PS5 shortages

midian182

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Rumor mill: It seems that Sony is taking a leaf out of Nvidia’s book in dealing with the chip crisis by putting its faith in older products. In the case of the Japanese company, it will reportedly continue producing PlayStation 4 consoles throughout 2022 as the PlayStation 5 shortages show little sign of abating.

Sony had not made it official when it planned to stop manufacturing the PS4, but according to a Bloomberg report, the plan was to discontinue assembly at the end of 2021. The change of heart would see another million new PlayStation 4 units created in 2022.

Sony’s last-gen machine is not only more straightforward to make than the PS5, but it also sells for a lower price and uses less advanced chips that are in more plentiful supply. Bloomberg’s sources add that increasing production orders for the PS4 will give Sony more leeway when negotiating with manufacturing partners for a better deal.

A Sony spokesperson confirmed it would continue making the PS4 in 2022 and denied it planned to stop manufacturing the console. “It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” the company said.

While the original PlayStation was discontinued 12 years after it launched, and the best-selling console ever, the PS2, lasted 13 years, the PlayStation 3 was around for 11 years. The PS4 launched in 2013, and the time between its arrival and its predecessor's has been shorter than any PlayStation before it: 4 years and seven months.

Although Sony denies it and once promised to support the PS4 longer than it did the PS3, it’s easy to imagine that the company did plan to discontinue the former console this year or earlier -- at least before the chip crisis threw a spanner in the works. We've also heard that it had partially discontinued PlayStation 4 production in Japan early in 2021.

The PlayStation 5 has been one of the products hit hardest by component shortages and demand outweighing supply. A full 14 months after launch, buying one today without resorting to eBay and paying scalper prices can be a frustratingly futile experience. It’s led to robberies and some extreme anti-scalping measures.

Sony will likely be hoping gamers who can’t get their hands on a PS5, or simply can’t afford one, will be tempted by a PS4/PS4 Pro as an alternative, which makes increasing production a sensible option.

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QuantumPhysics

Posts: 6,297   +7,227
Waste of resources. This is a profit grab only. We KNOW the PS4 is technologically obsolete. We KNOW it can't properly run next-gen games. The Free Market will work...low sales will prompt Sony to eventually end production.
 

kapital98

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Waste of resources. This is a profit grab only. We KNOW the PS4 is technologically obsolete. We KNOW it can't properly run next-gen games. The Free Market will work...low sales will prompt Sony to eventually end production.

The free market has demand and supply schedules for a reason. Further reinforced by the PS5 MSRP being an imaginary number for people who want to buy a PS5 (the market has settled on a far higher price).

Right now people can't even get a PS4 without going to eBay (I know, my wife and I both sold ours for far more than we paid 5+ years ago).

It seems Sony is reacting to market pressure. The market doesn't always want the "best" technology. Affordability and accessibility are critical.
 

Aceseven

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Waste of resources. This is a profit grab only. We KNOW the PS4 is technologically obsolete. We KNOW it can't properly run next-gen games. The Free Market will work...low sales will prompt Sony to eventually end production.
With Horizon forbidden west on the.......horizon, the ps4 is still proving that its fine. Great devs are what brings the best out of a console, just because the ps5 exist doesnt mean the older system is automatically obsolete.

thats the issue with gamers, always ready to toss money at something fast as possible while tossing the old away, for what? so these companies that care so much about you can release those same old games for you dopes to buy again?

apparently, yes.
 

Fulljack

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The free market has demand and supply schedules for a reason. Further reinforced by the PS5 MSRP being an imaginary number for people who want to buy a PS5 (the market has settled on a far higher price).

Right now people can't even get a PS4 without going to eBay (I know, my wife and I both sold ours for far more than we paid 5+ years ago).

It seems Sony is reacting to market pressure. The market doesn't always want the "best" technology. Affordability and accessibility are critical.
nooo, you can't use my quote against me!?? that's not how it works, that's not how any of this works!!

on a side note, if people doesn't want to buy PS4/Pro/Slim aka the demand for it doesn't exist, then Sony simply made a million dollars mistake which they could easily swallow anyway.

but the demand still exist anyway, whether Sony force the consumer to buy older PS4/Pro/Slim instead PS5 or not that's another story. it just means Sony reacts to the market exactly how any capitalists would do, as in "the free market". 😉
 

Sausagemeat

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Waste of resources. This is a profit grab only. We KNOW the PS4 is technologically obsolete. We KNOW it can't properly run next-gen games. The Free Market will work...low sales will prompt Sony to eventually end production.

Prices for second hand PS4s are going up in the USA. That’s the free market telling Sony that they can still make money on them.

Also, I think you don’t understand what the word
“Obsolete” means…
 

kiwigraeme

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Prices for second hand PS4s are going up in the USA. That’s the free market telling Sony that they can still make money on them.

Also, I think you don’t understand what the word
“Obsolete” means…

I think QR does know exactly what it means - it means what he wants it to mean
ie can you do social flex with a PS4 - no - then it's obsolete
Anyway he's probably down at BestBuy chatting up people to get that 3090Ti first
 

Nobina

Posts: 3,735   +4,110
I have a friend that fairly recently bought a PS4 for an amazing price of just $470.