Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

PlayStation 3 production ending in Japan

PlayStation 3 production ending in Japan

Now, its storied existence is finally coming to and end, as Sony has revealed that it will stop production of the console in Japan - which is always the first and most impactful nail in any PlayStation's coffin.

It remains to be seen when the PS3 will cease production in the west.

Indications from retail are that the final supplies for the machine will be shipped out this month. The PlayStation Blog announced in February that the service will be discontinued after that date on PS3, PSVita, PS TV, all Samsung TVs, all Sony blu-ray players, and all 2013 through 2015 Sony Bravia TVs.

Former Sony exec Ken Kutaragi previously said that the console would have a 10-year life cycle.

Interestingly enough 2016's total console market earnings was down by 2.5% compared to 2015's total earnings of $35.6 billion. The 500GB model mentioned above is the Super Slim, the console's final revision which launched in 2012.

The PS3 was obviously Sony's response to Microsoft's Xbox 360 that was released in late 2005. That does, however, leave it shy of its predecessors. Sony has yet to confirm the leaked info. Sony still includes PS3 (and PS Vita) in monthly PlayStation Plus promotions, and though they're becoming increasingly rare, games were still being released for the system as late as October of previous year. Lifetime PS2 game sales are estimated at over 1.5bn units. Once it is sold out, the shipments would also end soon. Reportedly, the remaining models are going to be the last one that will be there on sale for the remaining days.

The website adds that the new update will make it possible for gamers to "start a game on PS4 and continue playing on another PS4 or even a Windows PC (or vice versa)".

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