The US online store, which Sony launched in 2019 to sell hardware, software and accessories direct to consumers, currently lists the standard PS4 and PS4 Pro as out of stock.
While the base model can presumably be expected to be restocked at a later date, the following message appears on the PS4 Pro product page: “There are currently no plans to restock this item in the future.”
UPDATE 23/12/20: Since the publication of this article, PlayStation Direct has removed the message stating that it no longer plans to stock PS4 Pro in the future, although the console remains unavailable.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Sony has made no official announcement about plans to discontinue any PS4 models.
However, considering the strong early demand for PS5 and the company’s stated ambition to transition players to the next-gen console “at a scale and pace that we’ve never delivered on before”, it would be unsurprising if it were to begin phasing out the older system, even if it plans to support it with software for several more years.
We’ve contacted Sony to ask whether it intends to continue producing PS4 Pro consoles for sale.
At $400, PS4 Pro is the same price as the entry-level PS5 Digital Edition, which is $100 cheaper than the disc-based PS5.
In a statement published last month, Sony suggested PS5 had enjoyed the biggest console launch in history after beating PS4’s record.
It was recently revealed that Sony is planning to “build on the successful launch” of PlayStation Direct in the US by launching the online store in Europe.