Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Bloomberg reports that Sony keeps making PS4s to ease the PS5 demand pressure.

Bloomberg reports that Sony has instructed its manufacturing partners to continue assembling PlayStation 4 consoles in response to the continuing shortage of the newer PlayStation 5. The new console launched in November 2020.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with Sony’s plans, Bloomberg said the company had planned to stop making the PlayStation 4 at the end of 2021. To ease the pressure from shipping and manufacturing the PS5, it will continue to produce approximately a million units through 2022.

Continued PS4 manufacture also appears to be a quid pro quo assisting the company’s relationship with production partners. Bloomberg’s sources said that doing more business with a cheaper-to-produce console would give Sony a little more room to negotiate deals with these partners.

The PlayStation 5 was launched on November 12, 2020. Pre-orders were placed two months prior to launch. Part of this is due to component shortages as well as global supply chain problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. But Sony has also told investors that it’d be unable to meet demand even if it could produce and ship a lot more units. In Sony’s last quarterly report to investors, the company said it had sold 13.4 million P5s worldwide.

The PlayStation 4 was released on November 15, 2013, and has sold more than 116,000,000 units to date. Sony has sold 3.1million PS4s worldwide in the quarter since the PS5 was launched. Sony released a revision to its console in 2016, offering the standard PlayStation 4 Slim and more powerful PS4 Pro.

It’s a bit strange to suggest that the PS4 will be discontinued in 2021, considering its predecessor, the PlayStation 3 was in production for 11-years, from 2006 through 2017. The PS4 was not compatible with the PS3, but the PS5 was with the PS4, making the transition in the product cycle easier for customers and developers.

The PS4 continues to be supported; the company has 104 million monthly active customers. However, sales figures would indicate that only a fraction are PlayStation 5 owners. The PlayStation Plus premium subscription, which is required to access online multiplayer since the PS4, has more than 46 million members. Subscribers still receive at least two PlayStation 4 games per month.

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By David Goldberg

I’m David, and I’m passionate about smart home gadgets. I’m in charge of this place. I spend my time trying to demystify the world of home automation and smart products so you don’t have to. Chances are, along the way, I’ve had some of the same questions you might be having and experienced some of the same problems you might be experiencing.

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