Sony’s PlayStation 4 console remains a popular choice among gamers having sold more than 116 million units to date, the company plans to keep on producing more units this year to offset PlayStation 5 scarcity, according to Bloomberg.
Since its launch more than a year ago in November 2020, the PlayStation 5 remains short in supply due to the global semi-conductor scarcity. Sony had earlier planned to discontinue the production of the PlayStation 4 at the end of 2021 but the company told assembly partners before 2021 ended it would continue making more units. It is now estimated Sony would produce around a million more PS4 units so as to keep the company’s supply chain steady, the report says.
The PS4 is easy to produce due to less advanced chips and it provides a cheaper console option to customers who cannot afford the PS5. Two of Sony’s biggest games coming out this year – Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök will be a cross-gen launching on both the PS4 and PS5. According to Bloomberg, making more PS4 would also give Sony “more leeway when negotiating with manufacturing partners for a better deal.”
Sony had hoped to make a quick transition to the next-gen hardware but components scarcity and the coronavirus pandemic continues to remain a major issue. Online scalpers haven’t helped either by targeting the limited PS5 supply off the retail chain but Sony is hoping to keep gamers in the PlayStation ecosystem by making more PS4 consoles available.
The company recently detailed the tech specifications of its next-gen virtual reality headset and will be hoping it’s a success when it launches.