Sony has reportedly ceased production of the PlayStation 3 in Japan.
Gematsu reports that the official PlayStation website page for the 500GB version — which is the only model currently still in production — lists shipments now as “Ended.” IGN reports that they have reached out to Sony for an official comment.
If true, this means the PlayStation 3 lasted over 10 years on the market, and that Sony fulfilled their initial promise of a 10-year lifecycle for the console. Originally launched in Japan on November 11, 2006 and in North America on November 17 (PAL territories wouldn’t get their hands on the system until March 23, 2007), the PS3 struggled out of the gate due to a high launch price and lack of quality software titles, among other issues, but eventually went on to sell through approximately 80 million units worldwide as of 2013. By comparison, the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 60 million units as of April 2017.
While the PlayStation 3 isn’t my personal favorite console that Sony has produced (it’s hard to top the PS2), it’s a much better console than it gets credit for. Its library of games was incredible, giving us such memorable franchises as Uncharted, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, and The Last of Us, among many others. I don’t plug mine in very often anymore, but it will always be an important system to me and to the industry as a whole.
Goodnight, sweet prince, and thanks for the many great gaming memories.
(Via: Gematsu, IGN)