Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia has ended the production of all PS4 console models in Japan except for the standard 500GB PS4 Jet Black Slim console. The news arrives through multiple reports including Japanese website GAME Watch who reports that most PS4 slim (CUH-2000 series) and all PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 series) have been discontinued.
GAME Watch reports that Sony will only produce the standard 500GB Jet Black PS4 console and that other production plants will now be converted to PS5 lines. This will most likely address the massive stock shortages in Japan and around the world which the company has been struggling with since launch in November. It also means that various PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles have officially been discontinued in Japan marking the end of an era for the console.
Sony has not only scrapped the PS4 console in Japan but the company will no longer be producing accessories for the hardware either. Cheesemeister on Twitter spotted an in-store notice from Sony where various DualShock controllers, PS4 headsets and other accessories were listed as “end of life”. The notice reads “Dear customers: due to the manufacturer ending production, the following product will not be restocked.” This includes the following;
- PS4 500GB Glacier White
- PS4 1TB Jet Black
- PS4 1TB Glacier White
- PS4 2TB Jet Black
- PS4 Pro 1TB Glacier White
- PS4 Pro 1TB Jet Black
- DualShock 4 Controllers
- Hori Controllers
- Hori Gaming Headset
- DualShock 4 charging stations
Ending production of a console is nothing new. It happens all the time. However, this is a ballsy move from Sony considering the PS5 is not even three months old yet. Clearly, the company wants to find a solution to the massive stock shortages it faced worldwide. It also means that the demand for the PS5 is higher than the PS4 which makes sense. Here in SA, gamers are still struggling to get their hands on the PS5 as stock is almost impossible to find.