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January 13, 2022.

Sony sticks to PS4

Sony Play Station 4.

Sony Play Station 4. © iStock.

Due to the global shortage of semiconductors, Sony is struggling to produce enough PS5 game consoles to meet demand. Anyone who has tried to get hold of one lately knows that they are virtually impossible to find. As a result, Sony postponed its plans to cease production of the PS4, which was scheduled for the end of 2021. The company has now decided to manufacture one million units of the older console this year, which uses less-advanced chips that are easier to find. Sony might adjust this figure depending on demand.

Concurrently, it appears that Microsoft has stopped manufacturing all Xbox One consoles. The software giant initially halted production of the Xbox One X and the digital (non-optical drive) Xbox One S before the launch of the Xbox Series X/S, then quietly stopped manufacturing the Xbox One S in late 2020, leaving retailers to sell off their remaining inventory. Microsoft has also encountered difficulties in supplying its new console’s assembly lines, but less so than Sony.

The Verge, Richard Lawler, “Sony says it’s still making new PS4s, but most stores aren’t selling them.”

The Verge, Tom Warren, “Microsoft has discontinued all Xbox One consoles.”


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