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Picking up a PlayStation 5 is still rather difficult, thanks to part shortages seriously slowing down production. Because of this, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to continue making PS4 consoles throughout 2022.

That's according to a new report from Bloomberg, who cite anonymous sources familiar with the situation. Apparently, Sony's initial plan was to discontinue the PS4 at the end of 2021, with PS5 taking over as the company's sole games console on the market. However, logistical and production hiccups throughout last year saw the platform holder reverse that plan, instead ensuring PS4 will continue to stock shelves.

The report states about a million units of the last-gen machine will be produced this year in order to alleviate some of the pressure on PS5. A Sony spokesperson told Bloomberg the company did not in fact plan to cease PS4 production, pointing out it's "one of the best-selling consoles ever" and that "there is always crossover between generations".

The PS5 remains in very high demand, and while Sony works to get more consoles out to retailers, it obviously makes sense that PS4 will remain an option for buyers this year. We're not sure that the company would have discontinued the PS4 that quickly, given how successful it's been. However, PS4 unit sales were down dramatically following PS5's launch, and Sony's plan has always been to transition consumers to the new-gen hardware at a record pace.

At any rate, it's ultimately good news: PS4 consoles will remain available, and the company will keep on making PS5s as fast as it can in the meantime. Are you still trying to nab one? Tell us in the comments section below.

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