Finding a PS5 was all but impossible in 2020, but the degree of difficulty should drop and change this year as supply begins to catch up with demand. In order to make sure that happens, Sony is apparently discontinuing several models of the PS4 in Japan.
According to a report from GameWatch, every model of the PlayStation 4 Pro (CUH-7000) and all but one of the PS4 Slim (CUH-2000) models are no longer being produced in Japan. The only PlayStation 4 which Sony will continue to produce in Japan is the 500GB Jet Black slim model.
The report first spotted by VGC explains, Sony Interactive Entertainment plans to divert the resources to the production of PlayStation 5 models. Providing the report is accurate, PS5 supply should grow steadily in the months to come, and restocks should happen more often.
We will not know what Sony’s plans are until the company makes an official announcement, but with demand for the PS5 at an all-time high, it would certainly make sense to redirect all resources to the console that millions of gamers are dying to get their hands on while phasing out the last generation.
SIE head of platform planning Hideaki Nishino has also said that “the transition from PS4 to PS5 will take about three years,” so don’t expect the PS4 to just go into thin air.