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Sony atones for lack of PS5 by producing more PS4 consoles

The PlayStation 5, if you have one, consider yourself elite. With the official launch of Sony’s latest console well over a year behind us, plenty of gamers are still waiting to acquire one. While we all know the main reason behind the scarcity – being chip shortage – it still sucks to wait. But you know what? Sony gets it. You just want your goddamn PlayStation 5 already. Therefore, Sony has decided to keep producing the PS4, in case you feel like picking that up instead.

And if you thought that already sounds a bit off, try to find an online retailer that has new PlayStation 4 consoles listed. According to The Verge – who’s actually done some research – most online retailers aren’t even selling the PS4 anymore. Sony does offer the option to buy a console directly from them, but you can forget about sweet deals if you do. A brand-new PS4 Slim will cost you $299.99 in the PlayStation Direct store.

In the meanwhile, Xbox is dealing with similar issues. The Xbox Series X’s demand is way higher than its supply. But contrary to PlayStation’s approach, Microsoft already ditched the production of the Xbox One back in 2020. According to The Verge (again), Microsoft rather spends its available resources on the Xbox Series X|S. Sounds reasonable if you ask me. I mean, who’s actually still looking for those old consoles anyway?

Funny thing though, Xbox’s Phil Spencer recently explained to the New York Times that low supply isn’t even the reason behind the shortages. It’s our increased demand. Since everyone got locked down at some point in time, people felt the urge to buy a new-gen console.

“When you think about trying to go get an Xbox or a new PlayStation right now in the market, they’re really hard to find. And it’s not because supply is smaller than it’s ever been. Supply is actually as big as it’s ever been. It’s that demand is exceeding the supply for all of us.

“At this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xboxes. So it’s our job to get the supply there to meet that demand.”

Great stuff, Phil.