Sony seem to be winding down production of the PS4 earlier than expected. Meaning the end of the PS4’s lifespan has begun.
Sony will now officially be ending production of the PS4 Pro, something we suspected last month. But now, with the exception of one of the PS4 Slim models, Sony has also ceased production of all other PS4 consoles in Japan.
Nothing has been said about PS4 production elsewhere, but it seems likely that this will follow suit. This essentially means that it could be the beginning of the end for the PS4’s lifespan.
The release of a new games console always spells the end for the previous model eventually, but this is much sooner than anticipated. Sony initially seemed keen to keep supporting the PS4 in the run up to PS5’s release and beyond.
The PS4 is one of the most successful games consoles of all time. Sony will be aware of how many people own a PS4, and how discontinuing the console so soon could be a risky strategy.
Could PS4's Lifespan End Due To The PS5 Shortages?
The difficulties with PS5 stock could also be a factor. Sony may want to allocate as much resource as possible to production of those instead. Especially when seeing the insanely high demand for PS5.
The shortage of PS5 stock (as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) may have caused Sony to act in ways they may not have before. Cutting the PS4’s lifespan short prematurely may be the only way to ensure the PS5’s future.
There’s even talk of a PS5 Slim despite the console only being 2 months old. We expect this may be a mid-gen update though rather than something coming soon. But it shows Sony’s priority is drifting away from PS4.
After all, the PS5 has already broken sales records and impressed fans and critics alike. Of course, PS4 owners will still be getting new games for the foreseeable future, but it now seems likely that this will be the next thing to head towards the chopping block.
Although big budget games are still planned. Even today there has been rumors about God of War Ragnarök potentially coming to PS4.