PlayStation 5s continues to feel like a gaming myth. Released in November 2020, the console is still difficult to track due to chip shortages, which many hope will be more manageable this year. Until that day comes, Sony has come up with an interesting alternative, and knows that interesting I mean, “What, it’s an idea, I think?”
In an effort to combat the PS5 shortage, Sony has decided to produce more PS4s.
“The strategy will add about one million PS4 units this year to help offset some of the pressure on the company’s PS5 production, a number that will be adjusted in response to demand,” sources told Bloomberg. Bloomberg also reports that Sony has technically never officially stated when production of PS4s would stop, but unnamed sources told them that the original plan was to discontinue the collection in 2021.
A spokesman for Sony rejected the statement, saying the company had not planned to stop making the console. “It’s one of the best-selling consoles ever, and there’s always crossover between generations,” is what Bloomberg reports being said.
It seemed like ending production completely in 2021 was a leap when PS5 was just released in 2020. For reference, PS3 stopped production in 2016 (North America) and 2017 (Japan) despite PS4 being released in 2013 (North America)) and 2014 (Japan). PS2 did not stop production until 2013, and lasted until the year of release for PS4!
Then again, the PS2 was an absolute beast.
So no, it does not sound like they had plans to stop production altogether, but I also do not think they planned to increase it, especially in an attempt to compensate for the fact that the PS5s were so scarce after a year and some changes. The console’s popularity can be expected at launch, but it tends to reach a point where it does not feel like you need to activate a prayer circle in order to get what you want at its retail price (since, you know, there are branded PS5 ‘ ere you can buy for a ridiculous sum of money – do not do this).
The PlayStation device is facing a number of unexpected challenges, including a slower-than-expected PS5 production pace and online scalpers that are stifling the retail offering of the newer console. Expanding PS4 availability is seen in the company as a means of filling the supply vacuum and keeping players within the PlayStation ecosystem, according to a Sony official who is not authorized to speak in public.
Is that really a good idea?
I understand the logic of giving PlayStation hope something, especially with big games like God of War Ragnarok and Horizon forbidden west is available on PS4 as well as PS5, but I’m just not sure if this will be worth it in the long run, as the whole point is to move on to the next generation console. As Kotaku pointed out, “Gamers who want a PS5 but are buying a PS4 now as a compromise will always be at a loss if Sony decides to release a new title for both consoles. Currently, the games that are not has been released for cross-platform Demon Souls, Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade. “
I share the same concerns. Because if this really is the year that more PS5s can be produced, then Sony will look at the PS4 and say, “I do not know her.” Not right away, of course, but there will be fewer releases on PS4.
If they now made it so that PS5 games could be played on PS4, this would be another conversation, as this comment from the Kotaku article points out:
Although I love my PS4 and its game library, if you want the next Sony console to have it coming in the future, then I’m not sure how long the PS4 will help you out there. All companies are moving away from the previous gen console at some point, so I can not imagine there are a lot of new PS4 titles on the way down after e.g. god of war and Horizon – and even then there will be a push to get you pumped for the PS5 version as it is the newer one.
I feel like the people who will benefit from this news are people who really just want a PS4 and are not in a hurry to get a PS5. Like I said, there are plenty of games to be excited about with the PS4, but those people who are ready to get the next one will not be interested (or already have a PS4).
At the same time, as Bloomberg reports, gaming is Sony’s biggest source of revenue, so I understand they want to do something. And let’s be honest, despite the initial “huh” of it all, I’m sure they will sell these PS4s.
They’ll just also have to deal with anyone who wants a PS5 running, “How does that really help me?”
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