It’s typical for console manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft to discontinue their previous-generation consoles after their next-gen systems are released. However, it appears that both companies are speeding up this process. Reported by the Japanese outlet GameWatch, Sony has discontinued every model of the PS4 except the standard Jet Black 500GB PS4 Slim.
The most notable discontinuation is the PS4 Pro. GameWatch states that once the PS4s are sold, you won’t be able to buy one at retail or online anymore. Sony will instead use the production capacity to make more PS5s. This is probably best, especially since the PS4 Pro is $400 dollars, the same as the digital edition of the PS5.
It’s unclear if the PS4 Pro will be discontinued in the Western territories, but will likely happen soon enough. Back in December, VGC reported that PlayStation Direct briefly stated they would no longer offer PS4 Pro consoles for sale. This notice was later removed after outlets reported on it.
Sony’s PlayStation boss, Jim Ryan, stated back in a 2019 interview that the transition between the PS4 and PS5 would be more aggressive than previous generations, so this isn’t super surprising. Microsoft already discontinued the Xbox One X back in July, with the company describing it as a “natural step.”