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PS4 Production to Continue This Year

PS4 Production to Continue This Year - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 January 2022 / 3,410 Views

Sony plans to keep producing the PlayStation 4 through 2022 as the supply shortages have limited the stock of the PlayStation 5.

The original plan was to discontinue the PS4 at the end of 2021, according to people familiar with Sony's plans who spoke with Bloomberg. The sources say Sony told its assembly partners late last year it will continue to produce the PS4.

A Sony spokesperson has confirmed what the sources said saying there are no plans to stop producing the PS4. "It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations," said the spokesperson.

PS4 Production to Continue This Year

The strategy for Sony is to add produce around one million PS4 consoles this year to help offset the shortages that are hitting the PS5.

The PS4 sold-through 116.80 million units worldwide as of December 25, 2021, according to VGChartz estimates


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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Pemalite (on 12 January 2022)

Makes sense.

The Playstation 4 uses commodity mechanical HDD, GDDR5+DDR3 and a 16nm SoC... So all it's components aren't on class-leading in-demand processes, so even though NAND, GDDR6, 7nm are all supply constrained, that really doesn't apply to last gen (and the switch) devices.

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SvenTheTurkey Pemalite (on 12 January 2022)

Yeah, I thought they would have pulled the plug by now, but the shortages are keeping it going. Helps to keep the profits up a bit until the supply issues pass.

Maybe by this time next year, they'll officially discontinue it.

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Hynad Pemalite (on 12 January 2022)

The PS4 doesn’t use DDR3. That’s the XBO.

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Imaginedvl Hynad (on 12 January 2022)

PS4 Pro uses 1GB of DDR3 on top of its GDDR5.

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Pemalite Hynad (on 13 January 2022)

False.

The Playstation 4 includes DDR3, with the Pro having an additional larger pool of DDR3...
See here: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/PlayStation+4+Teardown/19493
And here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_4_technical_specifications

Specifically the Playstation 4+Slim uses 256MB of DDR3, the Pro has 1024MB of DDR3... And that goes along with it's small chunk of NAND/SSD and the ARM CPU mostly for background/standby tasks.

Sorry Hynad. But you are going to have to eat crow again on this one. :P

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Hynad Pemalite (on 13 January 2022)

I stand corrected. In a douche and pretentious way by you, as per your usual.

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mjk45 Hynad (on 13 January 2022)

I have to somewhat agree since @Imaginedvl had already set the record straight , the reason I only partially agree is you replied to Pem directly and there does seem to be some history between you two, and while I'm not making any excuses, that may well be behind the reason why Pem responded in that manner.

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Pemalite mjk45 (on 14 January 2022)

I needed to elaborate as imaginedvl only touched on the "Pro" console.

I am who I am. I am not actually pretentious in real life, just my writing style gives off that vibe for some people.
I try to convey a lack of emotion... Just to try and express the facts in a better, clearer manner.

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mjk45 Pemalite (on 14 January 2022)

No worries we have all had our moments with other members, but I think that I speak for the great majority of VGChartz members in saying you are greatly appreciated and not just for your knowledge on the technical side of gaming. but you are also a moderator and part of being a moderator is to set an example for the rest of us rabble to follow by meeting the communities expectations regarding the standard of behaviour they expect of a moderator

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Hynad Pemalite (on 14 January 2022)

When is the last time you remember I ate crows? I am curious, because you make it sound like it happened a lot.

That part was unnecessary and uncalled for. You, again, needed to make sure people saw you as superior.

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Pemalite Hynad (on 15 January 2022)

"To make you eat crow" is to "Make you eat your words".
Figure of speech.

Remember you came into this thread, trying to disprove a post I had made... In a way, to make yourself feel superior.
You give as good as you get, otherwise it's just hypocritical.

Alas this is an unimportant, small-world issue.

Hopefully 2022 is a dandy fine year for you kind sir'. (Hopefully that is enough added emotion. :P)

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Hynad Pemalite (on 15 January 2022)

There was no worded attitude in my post, contrary to yours, so no. But you can keep brushing it off like that, and try to pin that on me. I don’t expect anything else.

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Signalstar (on 12 January 2022)

Well then produce more of them dammit. The PS4 still has a bit of sales potential if the supply is available.

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V-r0cK (on 12 January 2022)

Would be sweet if Sony made and even slimmer PS4 model just to give it more attention. Seeing as how a lot of the new games are still making PS4 versions this makes sense to continue production.

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DonFerrari V-r0cK (on 12 January 2022)

That ship have sailed long ago, I expected a true PSThree but that never happened. Considering PS5 is already 1 year old and no other pricecut was given to PS4, no PSFour in sight.

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V-r0cK XtremeBG (on 12 January 2022)

I agree, it should've been done a long time ago. But like i said, it would just give more attention and make the PS4 still look relevant if there was a new slimmer model. Would be nice if Sony could have like a bundle with a newer slim PS4 with a copy of the new Horizon/GoW for this holiday if they're predicting PS5 shortages to continue all year long. If the Wii could release a mini shortly after the launch of the Wii U, surely we wont mind if the PS4 came back with a mini now right? lol

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scrapking V-r0cK (on 13 January 2022)

However slim and cool this theoretical new PS4 variant might have been, you're asking Sony to invest R&D into slimming down a product with a very short shelf-life, and asking a consumer to buy a product that will likely enjoy a very short window of future software support.

Sony would have been much better off to create a Series S-like SKU based on the PS5 architecture, as the Series S can be made less expensively and in larger volumes than the PS5 and Series X. It solves the same problem, but will have a longer shelf-life, will enjoy software support for longer, and helps move consumers and developers onto the new architecture (Zen 2, RDNA 2, SSD, etc.) sooner. THAT'S where Sony should have put their R&D IMO, not yet-another PS4 variant.

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DonFerrari (on 12 January 2022)

As always I take bloomberg rumours with a mountain of salt.

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Kakadu18 DonFerrari (on 12 January 2022)

Watch out, that much salt is unhealthy.

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DonFerrari Kakadu18 (on 12 January 2022)

Thrusting Bloomsberg rumours as well.

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jvmkdg (on 12 January 2022)

the PS4 will die before reaching 120 million units what a sadness.

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siebensus4 (on 12 January 2022)

PS4 should struggle to reach 1 million in 2022. It sold 2.1m last year with sales dropping fast. I expect weekly sales around 10 - 15k. Strange choice by Sony to bet on a sinking ship and 1 million units isn't that much compared what they lose with PS5 consoles they can't sell to customers. PS4 production already stopped in Japan anyway and won't start again, I guess.

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DonFerrari siebensus4 (on 12 January 2022)

From what was said on the threads, PS4 wasn't available in several places so that may have well to do with the sales drop.

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Wman1996 (on 12 January 2022)

If this is true, color me surprised. I predicted a first quarter or at least first half of 2022 discontinuation of the PS4 globally.
It seems they're going to continue what they did in 2021 with the PS4. Barely make and ship any, but still kept it in production.

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Kakadu18 XtremeBG (on 12 January 2022)

No, the PS4 will stop at 118.68mil.

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