It feels like only yesterday we hung up the cabled controllers of our original PlayStation when Sony released the PS2, now it looks like owners of the PS4 might have to say goodbye and farewell to their beloved consoles.
The PS4 made its debut over five years ago, back in 2013, and now Sony has sold 91.6 million PlayStation 4 consoles globally – but all good things must come to an end.
This could down to sales, or even the possibility customers will see the PS5 sooner than they thought.
Back in 2018 Sony told the Wall Street Journal it wouldn’t be likely to release the new console until 2021, however it’s been reported on the website DualShockers the PS5 could be hitting shelves as soon as later 2019.
This may mean the end to the PS4 as out with the old and in with the new as they say.
In the last five years this fourth generation of console has been pretty epic – it’s undergone a number of hardware updates in that time and Sony even released the PS4 Slim which meant it was much more compact with a few more updates made.
But, as Polygon reported, last year Sony said it was entering the end of its cycle, as every console does at some point and that’s when they start getting into gear with something new.
This is where the PS5 comes in – well maybe, that’s if there’s no shortage on parts or any other problems.
DualShockers reported this idea of getting PS5 consoles on shelves in time for Christmas 2019 – because that’s the obvious time to release a new console – can only happen as long as enough monolithic ceramic capacitors (MLCC) can be supplied for the Sony’s mass amount of devices, which could be a major problem.
Murata Manufacturing and TDK have acknowledged a worldwide shortage for MLCC because the component is heavily used at present, and manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the demand.
Some modern cars and upcoming technology such as 5G smartphones are just some of the new tech that requires MLCCs.
Then whether there will be enough parts ready in time for PS5 production is unknown.
It looks like it’s all still up the in air, so if you’ve got a PS4 don’t be giving up on the ol’ girl quite yet, she still has some life in her – and of 1887 games to play, so it doesn’t look like you’ll have a dull day until the release of the PS5. Whenever that actually is.