Sony has officially ceased production of several PS4 models in Japan

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Update: Sony has confirmed that it's ceasing production of a range of PS4 models in Japan.

As spotted by Gematsu, production of all barring one model of PS4 - the 500GB Slim "Jet Black" model - has officially ended. Seems like Sony is keener than ever to move players across to its new console.

Original: A Japanese retailer has indicated that Sony plans to discontinue production of several different PS4 models.

The native Japanese user posted the tweet just below over the past weekend, in which a retailer in Japan puts up a sign notifying customers that Sony will cease manufacture of certain PS4 models. These models include the Glacier White PS4, the 1TB PS4 model, the Glacier White 1TB PS4 model, the 2TB PS4 model, and the Glacier White PS4 Pro. Right now, there hasn't been confirmation of the production news from either Sony or overseas retailers outside of Japan.

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Back in December, the official PlayStation Direct Store indicated that the PS4 Pro model would not be restocked in the near future, appearing to confirm that manufacturing of the upgraded PS4 would cease. At the time, we contacted Sony for confirmation of the manufacturing news, but never received a response.

The ceasing of PS4 manufacturing on Sony's part shouldn't come as a huge surprise, given the corporation's past comments about believing in the jump between console generations. It's therefore not a massive surprise that Sony would want to nudge all newcomers to PlayStation in the direction of the more recent PS5.

However, it's still fairly hard to get hold of a PS5 from a retailer. Shortly after the PS5 launched in November 2020, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed that all stock of the new console, as well as accessories like the 3D Pulse Wireless headset, was completely sold out. While Sony issued a statement last year confirming that more stock was heading to retailers, it's still quite a task to pick one up. 

If you're still trying to get hold of Sony's new console through official retailers, you can head over to our PS5 deals guide for information on retailers with projected stock in the near future.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.