Sony Officially Ends Production Of The PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3 had a long and, ultimately, impressive run. As of this writing, it has sold more than 85 million units worldwide. However, all good things most come to an end and Sony has announced that they are ceasing production of the PlayStation 3 in Japanese markets.
Sony made the announcement via their website on the product page for the 500 GB model. The company did not announce an official date, only noting that production would be halted “soon.” Once the remaining units have been sold, anyone who wants one will have to work to third-party vendors which could mean higher prices.
While this announcement does officially bring the PS3 era to a close, the writing has been on the wall for some time. The last first-party title was released in October of 2016 and the console will lose access to PS Now in August of this year. Given that the system turned 10 in November of last year, it isn’t a surprise that Sony has ended support for the console as their gaming hardware generally only lasts about a decade.
In addition to ending console production, this also means that the company will stop supporting it in terms of software updates and support via the PS Store.
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