Sony Is Releasing More PlayStation 4s To Compensate for PS5 Shortage
The decision comes as a result of the global chip shortage.
The pandemic has resulted in a global supply chain shortage, making hardware chips less accessible. To offset demand for the new console, the company reportedly aims to generate more PS4s due to easier assemblage. The earlier-generation machine implements less advanced chips and serves as a budget-friendly alternative, making it easier to liaise with manufacturing partners for better deals.
Sony’s original plan was to discontinue output towards the end of last year, but the scarcity of available components has resulted in a console that is “hard to find and lacks a strong portfolio of must-have exclusive games.” An anonymous Sony official has claimed this strategy to be a means of “[filling] the supply vacuum and [keeping] gamers within the PlayStation ecosystem.”