Sony's PlayStation brand is one of the biggest names in gaming, delivering high-powered hardware and exclusive games to millions of dedicated players around the world. Sony's current flagship console, the PS5, has set company records with 40 million PS5 consoles sold in less than three years, despite stock shortages in its first two years of release. The company sells two versions of the PlayStation 5: a standard PS5 and a digital edition with no disc drive. Check out our PS5 digital vs. disc guide for a full comparison. The PS4 sold at a similar pace on its way to dominating the previous console generation against the Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U. Sony updated the PS4 a handful of times after its launch in 2013, and even released a slightly more powerful PS4 Pro in 2016. PlayStation 4 consoles can still be purchased new, but they've become harder to find as more stores stock up on PS5 models. In the first years of the PS5's release, many developers continued to bring new games to the PS4 in order to reach the millions of players who had yet to upgrade their console. But with Sony officially declaring the end of the PS5 console shortage, and highly anticipated titles like Final Fantasy XVI and Marvel's Spider-Man 2 coming exclusively to PS5, there's now little reason to invest in a PS4, and more reasons than ever to upgrade. The PS5 is one of the best consoles thanks to its powerful hardware, exclusives, and 4K Blu-ray drive. Though it costs $100 more than the digital edition model, the standard PS5 lets you play game discs. Though nearly a decade old, the PS4 has an impressive game library and retailers like GameStop sell refurbished models at a discount. Most gamers are better off buying a PS5, but a used PS4 isn’t a bad option for casual gamers on a budget.
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