Sony is addressing the lack of Playstation 5 with Playstation 4

In November 2020, Sony and Microsoft launched the latest generation of gaming consoles, but due to the lack of circuitry, they are still in short supply. This is especially true of Sony, whose Playstation 5 is difficult to get hold of even for those who are willing to pay extra. To alleviate the problem, Sony is using the previous generation Playstation 4.

Sources for Bloomberg says that Sony initially planned a quick transition to Playstation 5 and that production of Playstation 4 would cease in 2021. However, the difficulties in producing enough Playstation 5 have made the company rethink, and are now said to produce the previous generation of gaming consoles throughout 2022.

It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations.

In a brief statement, Sony confirms that production of the Playstation 4 continues, but attributes no shortage of components without it being the “best-selling game console ever” and that “there is always a transition between generations”. The older game console uses simpler circuits and components by today’s standards, and is presented according to the sources as a budget-friendly alternative to the Playstation 5.

The same report says that it is mainly the lack of cheaper circuits that puts the brakes on the production of Playstation 5. Audio circuits, power regulation and circuits for wireless connection, which are components that are talked about as in short supply for many other product categories. Sony is said to be willing to pay a premium for said components, but even that is not enough as everything is sold out.

Sony launched the Playstation 4 just over eight years ago in November 2013 and has sold 116 million copies to date. The game console, which still accounts for a large part of the company’s sales, is also compatible with a significant majority of newer games, making it an option for those waiting for Playstation 5.

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