The company is freeing up production lines for the PS5 in the region.
As per Game Watch, Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that production of all PS4 Slim (save for one) and PS4 Pro models has ended in Japan. This is due to the company utilizing production lines to manufacture the new PS5 and make up for shortages in stock for the region. The sole model that continues to be manufactured is the PS4 Slim 500 GB in “Jet Black.”
With reports of PS5 launch sales in Japan being the lowest in the company’s history, such a transition isn’t surprising. While one could point to Sony’s lack of focus on the region – which some rumors have stated is a real problem, despite the company denying the same – it could also be due to shortage of units. More production lines means more units though demand for the PS5 in Japan still remains unknown.
Despite this development, it’s unlikely that Sony will be ending production for PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro models in the West anytime soon. The consoles, along with their software, continue to sell and the company is eyeing cross-gen support between the PS4 and PS5 for the coming years. Never say never though and stay tuned for more details.