Sony is compensating PS5 shortages by making more PS4 consoles. Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that PlayStation assured assembly partners in 2021 that they would continue making PS4 consoles, particularly in wake of the shortages surrounding PS5 production.
According to a recent article by Bloomberg, sources told journalists Takashi Mochizuki and Debby Wu that Sony were ready to discontinue production of the PS4 by the end of 2021. While Sony never officially announced that they would be halting production on PS4, it was believed that their focus would then shift to PS5 production.
However, now sources claim that Sony will be adding roughly one million more PS4s to their production line this year to “help offset some of the pressure on the company’s PS5 production.”
A Sony spokeperson confirmed that they would continue production on PS4 consoles this year, stating “It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations.”
While PS5 shortages are still an issue worldwide, Sony believes more PS4 consoles will help alleviate some of the pressure of producing PS5 units, at least in terms of keeping up sales. PlayStation have announced plans to make exclusives like Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok – which presumably would’ve been exclusive to PS5 had circumstances been different – also available on PS4 as well as PS5.
This is a smart move as it allows players to still experience new exclusives without the trouble of having to hunt down a PS5 in order to play them. However, eventually the gap will begin widening for what is possible only on newer generation hardware, as seen with other upcoming exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine, which will both be exclusive to PS5. For the time being, Sony seems to be playing it safe and safe is good.