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PS4 Lifespan Reportedly Extended Amid PS5 Shortages

The PlayStation 4 will see another year of manufacturing.
The PlayStation 4 will see another year of manufacturing. / Photo courtesy of Sony

Sony has extended the life of the PlayStation 4 as supply chain troubles continue to plague the manufacturing of the PlayStation 5, Bloomberg reports.

Sony had planned to end manufacturing of the PS4 at the end of 2021 to shift focus entirely to the PS5, per Bloomberg. Instead, the company will keep manufacturing the console through 2022. Roughly 1 million more PS4s will be manufactured as a result.

Sony has confirmed plans to continue manufacturing the PS4, but did not comment on the reported plan to end production.

PS5 manufacturing has been badly hamstrung by COVID-19-related supply slowdowns and shortages of the chips used to create the console, both of which have made it scarce even a year after its launch. Sony was forced to revise the number of consoles it planned to sell this financial year as a result.

But not for lack of demand — consoles regularly sell out soon after being stocked. Sony is hoping that more casual customers will be satisfied to buy the PS4 instead, thereby redirecting some of demand away from the PS5. Continuing to manufacture the console will also give Sony "more leeway when negotiating with manufacturing partners for a better deal," according to Bloomberg.

Sony has sold more than 116 million PS4s to date. Several of the company's highest profile upcoming releases for the year are already slated to hit both it and the PS5, including Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok.