As translated in part by “Cheesemeister”, the statement states:
“Dear clients: Due to the producer ending production, the following items will not be restocked. Please understand beforehand.”
The note then notes five different kinds of PS4 offered in the Japanese market, consisting of the Japan-only 2TB console. That accounts for all but among the console forms you can purchase in the nation, with the exception being the 500GB Slim in black– which you’ll see is on sale for roughly $240.
Following this, Sony updated the Japan variation of the PlayStation site. If you click through the PS4 products on the site, the only listed product now is the very same 500GB Slim, with all other PS4 and PS4 Pro models got rid of.
At the moment this only uses to Japan, however if Sony has ended production of these consoles, as suggested, it’s just a matter of time prior to this encompasses other territories. Sony no doubt requires further production capacity for the PlayStation 5, for which need is far outstripping supply, and terminating older consoles– specifically the PS4 Pro, which sits at the same $399 price point as the Digital Edition PS5– will facilitate this.
It’s a similar situation that Microsoft experienced last year. Microsoft ended production of all however the Xbox One S ahead of the Xbox Series S/X launch, calling time on the Xbox One X after simply 30 months. Sony’s PS4 Pro, it seems, has withstood a comparable fate after 4 years on sale.
Of course the 500GB PS4 could continue for years. The previous generations of PlayStation all made it through for over ten years, and the PS4 has actually only just passed seven. Nevertheless, with 114m units offered, it most likely won’t pass the PS2’s 155m life time sales.
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Reports of the PS4’s end-of-life status started at the weekend, when a Twitter user in Japan shared an image from an electronic devices store. The note then notes five different types of PS4 readily available in the Japanese market, consisting of the Japan-only 2TB console. At the moment this only uses to Japan, but if Sony has actually ended production of these consoles, as recommended, it’s just a matter of time before this extends to other areas. Of course the 500GB PS4 might persist for years. The previous generations of PlayStation all survived for over 10 years, and the PS4 has actually only just passed 7.
After breaking sales records throughout over the last 7 years, it appears like Sony’s PlayStation 4 could be reaching completion of its life quickly. Sony appears to have ended production of almost every design of PS4, leaving simply the fundamental 500GB slim console to carry on the name.
Rumors of the PS4’s end-of-life status began at the weekend, when a Twitter user in Japan shared an image from an electronics store. The image revealed a rack complete of PlayStation hardware items with an important announcement to the customers displayed prominently on top left:
“Dear customers: due to the maker ending production, the following items will not be restocked.
“・ PS4 500GB Glacier White ・ PS4 1TB Jet Black ・ PS4 1TB Glacier White ・ PS4 2TB Jet Black ・ PS4 Pro 1TB Glacier White pic.twitter.com/nub3lxcJGX
— Cheesemeister (@Cheesemeister3k) January 3, 2021