Sony decides to address the PlayStation 5 shortage by increasing
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Sony decides to address the PlayStation 5 shortage by increasing PlayStation 4 production

The pandemic has forced many companies to change their original plans and Sony is no exception. According to unofficial information, after the release of the PlayStation 5 game console in the fall of the year before last, she wanted to discontinue the PlayStation 4 by the end of 2021, but instead increase the release of the previous generation consoles by about a year million units.

Image source: Sony

Image source: Sony

It’s no secret that the PlayStation 5 has still been in short supply since its launch in Fall 2020. For the release of the PlayStation 4 fewer modern components are required, this console is simpler and cheaper to manufacture. So in order to keep an audience in their ecosystem, Sony is ready to not only extend the life cycle of the PlayStation 4, but also increase the production program for the current year.

Sony representative as explained BloombergThey never announced the official date for the discontinuation of the PlayStation 4, but it is known from unofficial sources that it appeared in the original plans at the end of 2021. There are several advantages for Sony in keeping the PlayStation 4 alive. Firstly, it will make it possible to retain that part of the audience who might be afraid of the difficulties in buying the brand’s consoles and are thinking about moving to the camp of competitors. Second, an increase in component purchases will give Sony more weight in negotiations with suppliers. After all, instead of losing sales, the company has the chance, if not to increase sales, to keep sales at the current level.

The PlayStation 4 has sold over 116 million units since its debut in 2013 and still makes up the majority of Sony’s gaming and subscription revenues. The production of the PlayStation 5 is confronted with a lack of components and the development of games for the new platform is slowed down by the pandemic. Eventually, all of them are exacerbated by logistical problems. Sony is also looking for new sources of profit worldwide, focusing on the virtual reality device and electric vehicle segment.

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