Sony decided to increase production of PS4 consoles in order to reduce the shortage of consoles. Bloomberg reports.
According to agency sources, the Japanese company will continue to release the PlayStation 4 throughout 2022. The decision is due to the fact that there is a disruption in the global supply chain of components for PS5 production. Legacy consoles use less advanced chips and cheaper components, and are easier to assemble. In this way, Sony plans to reduce the global shortage of game consoles.
Insiders said that Sony plans to release a million units of PS4 before the end of the year. While the company has never disclosed plans to end production of the PlayStation 4, sources said the company had previously planned to stop shipping consoles in 2021.
The increase in orders in the long term will give Sony more leeway when negotiating with suppliers, two sources said. A company spokesman told reporters that Sony will indeed continue to release the previous generation of consoles.
The PlayStation 4 entered the market in 2013. According to Bloomberg estimates, the popular set-top box has sold around 116 million units.
At the end of the summer, analysts announced that Sony will continue to release exclusive games for the previous generation console. According to experts, the company will support the PlayStation 4 at least until 2023.