Nearly a year and a half after the release of the PlayStation 5, gamers around the world are having trouble getting their hands on the latest generation console. However, Sony has come up with a solution to help alleviate that demand -- they plan to produce more PlayStation 4 consoles.
The PlayStation 5 console has been in scarce supply since its release and it tends to sell out in just moments when restocked. Sony has reportedly had trouble navigating production of the PS5 due to a number of issues, including a slower-than-expected production pace and shortages with chip supply. BNN Bloomberg reports that even with finished consoles, shipping costs have escalated sharply, creating challenges with distribution.
In response to these challenges, the company has created a strategy that will see about 1 million units of the PlayStation 4 produced in 2022. The previous generation console is cheaper to produce, uses less advanced chips, and is a more budget-friendly option for gamers.
Sony claims to have never stopped producing the PS4 even after the introduction of the PS5, however retailers having the system in stock seems to be another issue. At time of writing, new PlayStation 4 consoles were out of stock at several stores, including Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop.
A Sony spokesperson confirmed the strategy to produce more PS4 consoles and added, "It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations."
Crossover between generations is an important thing to remember when considering upgrading your console, as a large number of games available on the PlayStation 5 are also available on the PlayStation 4. However, if you'd rather purchase a PlayStation 5 console, be sure to check out our list of Where to Purchase the PlayStation 5 in 2022.