Sony has confirmed reports that all but one of its PS4 models has discontinued its production in Japan.
This week reports were making the rounds that the PS4 Pro has ceased production in Japan thanks to an announcement of stock shortages from a Japanese retailer.
The reports indicated that production had ceased for the PS4 500GB Glacier White, PS4 1TB Glacier White, PS4 1TB Jet Black, PS4 2TB Jet Black and the PS4 Pro 1TB Glacier White.
Understandably once Sony has sold all its stock of the PS4, whether that be direct or via retailers, you will no longer be able to purchase the last-gen console in Japan. Although you’ll still be able to buy second hand consoles for a number of years.
This should come as no surprise to be honest, because it’s very common for last-gen consoles to cease production when a new-generation console comes into play.
So what this means is that with the extra free production time that will be made available to Sony, the company will be able to shift focus to producing more PlayStation 5 consoles instead.
It’s worth keeping in mind that at this time the PS4 has only been discontinued in Japan, but it’s likely only a matter of time until the same happens in the west.
At the time of writing many retailers are still out of stock for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles, but hopefully we’ll see production ramped up by Sony and Microsoft in the near future.
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