It was inevitable for the Wii, the Wii U and the Xbox 360, and now, it appears that the PlayStation 3 is ready to be put out to pasture.
Sony has confirmed on its Japanese website (as translated by Gematsu) that the long-running console is set to end production in Japan, as the company has noted that “Shipments are scheduled to end soon.” However, this isn’t speaking for the rest of the global market just yet. However, considering fewer and fewer games are being made for the hardware, it’s pretty much just a matter of time before it ends its run.
A game shop in Kurukme, Fukuoka has noted via tweet that production on the system is set to end in March. Again, though, this only appears to be for the Japanese region for now.
The PlayStation 3 initially launched in 2006, with a ridiculously high price tag ($599 for the high-end model, slightly cheaper for a lower end one), and took quite a bit of time to catch onto the market alongside its main competition, the Xbox 360. There were several questionable factors with its launch, like the fact that the controller didn’t come with rumble support (and instead had gyroscopic features – this was later corrected with the DualShock 3 model) and the need for some games to install a hefty amount of data onto the console itself.
But it wasn’t all bad news. The PlayStation 3 was the first console to introduce Blu-Ray technology to the market, which a lot of fans appreciated. It also became the home for many hit game franchises over the years, including the Uncharted trilogy, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, LittleBigPlanet and The Last of Us, among several others. It would also see a high end of downloadable titles released, including Journey and Flower, amongst hundreds of other releases.
The system managed to sell 84 million units in its lifespan, and while that’s not nearly as successful as the PlayStation 2 was, it still helped Sony thrive for several years, before it would introduce the even more successful PlayStation 4 to market in 2013.
Some games, like Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, are still scheduled to release on it this year, but with Sony focusing its attention on new hardware, it’s likely the PlayStation 3 is entering its final days. Take care, old friend.