October 3, 2022

Pictured is a close up of the PS4 and its controller.

How far more time does this console have?
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In the future, the PlayStation 4’s time will finish. It’s certain to occur! However earlier this week, Bloomberg claimed that Sony had deliberate to discontinue the PS4 on the finish of 2021. Sony has as soon as once more denied this declare. So, when will the console’s lifespan draw to an in depth?

To make our greatest, most educated guess, let’s look again on the lifespan of earlier PlayStations. However first, right here is Sony’s most up-to-date denial of Bloomberg’s declare that the PS4 was slated to exit of manufacturing final 12 months.

“It’s not true that plans to finish PS4 manufacturing had been withdrawn attributable to PS5 shortages,” a Sony spokesperson just lately advised Japanese web site Web Lab. “There have been no plans to finish PS4 manufacturing on the finish of final 12 months (2021). The PS4 is one among SIE’s best-selling consoles, and as with earlier {hardware}, when transitioning to the subsequent technology, new and previous {hardware} are manufactured and offered, aspect by aspect.”

That is true! However how true? Nicely…

  • The PlayStation 1 first launched in December 1994, and manufacturing ended in March 2006. The console and its video games, nevertheless, continued to be accessible even after the final PlayStation 1 rolled off the meeting line. In whole, the unique PlayStation had a 12-year console life.
  • The PlayStation 2 launched in March 2000. This implies, that the PS1 was manufactured for six years after the PS2’s debut. PlayStation 2 shipments resulted in Japan in 2012, and world shipments ceased the next 12 months. In whole, the PlayStation 2 had a lifespan that was over 12 years lengthy.

There positively is a sample right here, however…

  • The PlayStation 3 went on sale in November 2006, which was six years after the PlayStation 2 launched. Console shipments ended within the US in October 2016 and in Japan the next March. In whole, the PlayStation 3’s lifespan was somewhat over ten years.
  • The PS4 first launched in November 2013, which implies the PS3 was accessible for three-and-a-half years into the brand new console’s life. Shipments for the PlayStation 4 Professional ended in Japan in January 2021. On the time, Sony stated it was shifting its focus to producing the PS5, however would proceed pouring its power into the PS4 platform enterprise. The Jet Black 500 GB PlayStation 4 continues to be manufactured and offered. In whole, the console’s lifespan has been over eight years.
  • The PS5 launched in November 2020, and subsequently, the PS4 has made it via over a 12 months of its predecessor’s lifespan.

If we take a secure guess, then the PlayStation 4 can hopefully look ahead to one other two-and-a-half years of producing and transport. However, after all, it might be even longer, relying on how gross sales are.

Contemplating how effectively the PS4 has finished, what number of video games the console has, and the way arduous acquiring a PS5 nonetheless is, it could be stunning if Sony axed the PlayStation 4 anytime quickly. It’s actually potential, however nixing the console would set up a fair shorter run for Sony’s recreation machines.

Previous is prologue—besides when it ain’t.

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