The shortage of PS5 consoles is well documented at this stage with the pandemic, as well as issues with components and supply chains, all contributing to an inability to meet demand for the current-gen offering from Sony.
That is sadly set to continue in 2022, but in a rather odd decision, Sony is aiming to offer respite by manufacturing more PS4 consoles for some reason. This according to a report from Bloomberg, which notes that the company will continue to manufacture the older generation of console throughout 2022.
An estimated one million units are set to be produced this year, but how this would offset the demand for the more expensive and highly coveted PS5 is a little difficult to decipher for us.
That said, it looks like the move is aimed at appeasing manufacturing partners than it is consumers, with negotiations between parties hinging on the fact that consoles need to be made, regardless of which generation it is.
Sony is still quite confident that this new plan will be successful, with the PS4 being one of its most important products to date. “It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” noted an unnamed spokesperson to Bloomberg.
Given some of the exclusive titles set to launch in the PlayStation ecosystem this year, it will be interesting to see whether the lack of PS5 stock will have an impact on the success of releases like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarok.
Either way, the company needs to find a solution to component shortages, as PS5 fans wanting to buy a console will only hold out for so long.