Even as the PlayStation 5 has ushered in a new generation of gaming for PlayStation gamers, Sony is looking to continue making PlayStation 4 consoles in 2022.
According to Bloomberg, Sony has made the decision to continue producing PlayStation 4 consoles over a year after the PlayStation 5 launched. Typically, previous generation consoles are phased out as the new generation settles in. The initial plan was to stop production of PS4s at the end of 2021. However, due to pandemic-related supply shortages of the PS5, the company decided to continue making PS4s.
The plan would make about “a million [new] PS4 units this year.” The PS4 console is made with “less advanced chips, is simpler to make and provides a budget-friendly alternative to the PS5.” As highly-anticipated games like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnorak will be cross-generation, those who cannot purchase a PS5 would still be able to play all the new releases on a PS4.
Additionally, with over 115 million PS4s sold to date, leaving behind the console in favor of one which is both price and supply restrictive would be a bad financial and social move for Sony. As a Sony official told Bloomberg, “extending PS4 availability is seen within the company as a means to fill the supply vacuum and keep gamers within the PlayStation ecosystem.”
As supply-chain issues continue to hamper production game consoles across the industry, Sony’s approach it seems is to keep its large PS4 install base growing and engaged to hold over the tides until the PlayStation 5 can be more readily available.