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When Did the PS4 Come Out? Answered

The predecessor to the PS5 isn't as old as you think.
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With the emergence of the PS5 in 2020, not many people are still talking about its predecessor, the PS4. The PS5 took the public by storm and now the PS4 is, sadly, a thing of the past. Despite its decrease in popularity, however, this classic console isn’t as outdated as you think.

Many people can still remember their excitement when the PlayStation 4 first came out, though many have trouble remembering exactly when this console made its appearance on the gaming scene. Keep reading to discover just when this timeless console was released to the public!

When Did the PS4 Come Out?

The PS4 may be outdated, but that doesn’t mean it’s obsolete quite yet. The original PS4 came out in the United States on November 15, 2013. For South America, Europe, and Australia, the original PlayStation 4 was released on November 29th, 2013. Japan was the final territory to see the launch of this popular console, on February 22nd, 2014. The PS4 had many variations that were released in later years as well, such as the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro.

This console feels like it’s been around for a lifetime, but it was only released less than a decade ago. Nine years isn’t a length of time to scoff at, however, and many people believed a successor to the PlayStation 4 was long overdue. Although this console may now be outdated, it’s still worth reflecting on.

When Will PlayStation 4 Be Retired
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The PlayStation 4 was incredibly popular all over the world and was offered in nearly fifty countries globally. Over one hundred million PlayStation 4s were sold and thousands of games were made available on this one console! At the height of its popularity, the PlayStation 4 was the most sought-after console in the country.

When Will the PS4 Be Retired?

Although this decade-old console isn’t obsolete quite yet, it will be sooner than you think. Sony Interactive Entertainment plans to continue supporting the PS4 until 2025, only a handful of years away! In a major financial presentation made by Sony, the company announced that they planned to cease producing games for the PS4 in 2025, which is as tragic as it is understandable.

As was previously mentioned, the PS4 came out over a decade ago, as difficult as it is to believe. Honestly, it’s a wonder that it wasn’t retired sooner. If you’ve still got a PS4 and haven’t started saving up for a PS5 yet, then you may want to start before it’s too late! 2025 will be here before you know it!

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Although the successor to the PlayStation 4 is currently taking over households across the globe, the original PlayStation 4 will always hold a special place in the hearts of many gamers.

This console was a staple in many gaming households across the globe, and it likely won’t be forgotten too easily. If you still love playing on the PlayStation 4, check out Gamer Journalist’s guides for games still offered on PS4, such as God of War or The Witcher 3!

About the author

Allysen Pierce

Allysen Pierce is a freelance writer with a passion for gaming who has been a part of the Gamer Journalist team since May 2022. Her main passions are horror games and dating sims (especially combinations of the two), but she has been known to play literally anything that is put in front of her. Her current favorite games include Skyrim, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, Cult of the Lamb, Slaughter Horse, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. When she's not playing games (or writing about them), she can be found reading, baking, watching horror movies, or playing with her cat.

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