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Sony Is Dealing With PlayStation 5 Shortage by Making More PS4s

  • PlayStation 4 production to continue until end of this year
  • Sony had aimed to make a quick transition between consoles
The Sony PlayStation 4 console.

The Sony PlayStation 4 console.

Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg

Sony Group Corp. will continue producing PlayStation 4 consoles throughout 2022 as it navigates disruptions to the global supply chain that have limited output of its pricier PlayStation 5.

The Japanese conglomerate, whose flagship PS5 console has been in scarce supply since its debut in November 2020, told assembly partners late last year that it would continue making its earlier-generation machine through this year, according to people familiar with the matter. While Sony never officially announced when it would stop making the PS4, it had previously planned to discontinue assembly at the end of 2021, they said, asking not to be named as the plans are not public.