Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Sony denies it had plans to discontinue the PS4 collection by the end of 2021

This was stated by NLab on Friday Sony has rejected Bloomberg’s report Sony would continue to produce PlayStation 4 consoles to make up for the persistent shortage PlayStation 5 consoles. Bloomberg had also reported this Sony previously planned to discontinue the PS4 collection in late 2021. Sony Interactive Entertainment clarified to NLab that there was no such plan to end PS4 production by the end of last year. As such, Sony does not withdraw a suspension to produce PS4, but rather the company produces PS4 consoles because their production and sales were already planned to continue in parallel with PS5. Sony added that as with previous hardware generation transitions, it will produce and sell both old and new hardware.

According to Bloomberg, Sony confirmed the decision with its assembly partners at the end of 2021. Bloomberg had reported that continued production would add “about a million” PS4 consoles.

Sony previously announced in January 2021 that it has stopped production of all models of PS4 Slim (except the “Jet Black” model) and PS4 Pro models in Japan to free up production lines for PS5.

Bloomberg reported earlier in November 2021 that Sony has reduced the number of PlayStation 5 units, which it will collect from 16 million to about 15 million units for the fiscal year ending March 2022 due to ongoing component shortages.

From July 2021, Sony has sold over 10 million units of PS5 worldwide since its launch in November 2020.

Semiconductor chips have been in short supply since 2020, where the shortage has led to long demand queues for affected industries such as automobiles, game consoles, computer hardware, agriculture and medical equipment and other industries. Staff shortages due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as shifting trade agreements and a current boom in cryptocurrency are some of the factors affecting the shortage.

Source: NLab via Hachima KikŠ¾ y


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