With over 117 million copies sold since its debut in 2013, the PlayStation 4 is Sony’s second-best-selling gaming console. In addition, it ranks fourth among all-time best-selling consoles, just ahead of Nintendo DS and Game Boy. It was a platform that truly defined a generation and had some iconic game releases. Sony appears to be getting ready to discontinue the console shortly, though.
We recently got a sneak peek at the PS5 and PS4 games that will be released in 2023 on PlayStation’s YouTube channel.
These included the eagerly awaited games Final Fantasy 16, Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores Expansion, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Forspoken, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Dead Space. But in addition to the excitement, the aforementioned titles have another thing in common: They are all exclusive to the PlayStation 5.
Two years after the launch of Sony’s next-generation console, there are now only five first-party PS5 exclusive games. Apart from these, there aren’t many third-party titles exclusive to the next generation since most of them are also playable on the PS4. With this teaser, we can see that many games, including some third-party titles like Alan Wake 2, Dead Space, and more, will only be available on the PS5.
By the end of 2020, Microsoft had secretly stopped making the Xbox One in order to concentrate on the Series X|S, but Sony had placed an additional order for one million PS4 units in 2022.
One of the causes of this was the lack of a PS5 supply, which may have contributed to the unprecedented increase in demand for PS4s because Sony kept making them for those nine years following their introduction.
When the PS4 turns ten years old in 2023, it might be the last, given how few first-party and third-party games are now expected to be released on the system.
Another sign that the PS4’s time is running out is that, with the release of PSVR 2, users will need a PS5 to enjoy the next-generation VR experience. If Sony does finally discontinue the PS4 this year, it will be the end of an era.