PlayStation 3 Production Ending Soon in Japan

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The end of an era – we’ve learned (via Games Jouhou) that Sony is ending PlayStation 3 manufacturing in Japan.

The news comes from the company’s official Japanese PlayStation website, which updated to now list the 500GB standard unit as having its shipments ending soon. That’s basically all we have to go off for now.

The PlayStation 3 first launched back in November 2006 for North America and Japan, followed by a March 2007 release in Europe. Since then, it has seen numerous hardware updates, including the Slim and the Super Slim.

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  • Mr0303

    A 10 year life cycle is quite good. Despite the rocky start the PS3 turned into a great console by the end of it.

  • From what I’ve heard, they’re only ending one unit for production. There still plan to make the other units. (Slim?)

  • alterku

    It really is one of the best. I’m at the point of likely seeing the PS3 as a better console than the PS4 for either of their lifetimes. Free online play, large and diverse game catalog, durable and comfortable controllers, and region free if I remember right.

  • Mr0303

    The PS4 still has some years ahead of it, so I’m not ready to make that judgement yet, but the PS3 is indeed one of the better platforms out there.

    I personally like the DS4 better – it’s a bit more ergonomic than the DS3. Both consoles are region free.

  • NukeA6

    It sure was an interesting one. I remember hating on it because it was so overpriced in the beginning. I’m still glad I bought one back in 2008 but I don’t appreciate the YLOD.

  • Mr0303

    I got mine in 2009 and it’s still working properly.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    10 years? Wow. Why do the Playstation and Playstation 2 eras seem so monolithic and lengthy in comparison?

  • evilmajikman

    Rest in piece sweet prince.

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)

    It was suprisingly a pretty good run

  • Joe

    When I saw that PS3 super slim, I thought it looked horrible, like a kitchen appliance with a cheap sliding door. But compared to the PS4 slim and Xbox S (which are both horribly boring boxes that also look like kitchen appliances), the PS3 super slim actually looks sophisticated and elegant.

  • gwadahunter2222

    Mine it was the hard drive which died 1 week after the end of the warranty beyond that everything is ok

  • gwadahunter2222

    The original Playstation and the Playstation 2 were the leading platform of their time

  • InfectedAI

    Not to mention the backwards compatibility of the early systems.

  • TylorW

    Wish I could give two upvotes:

    One for the salute, and the other for Ms. Smith (I’m….sort of a fan of the series).

  • catazxy

    I’ll miss it only after it’s gone.

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • VLOCKUP

    Reminds me of Michael Jackson’s passing. People made fun of him after his peak and after his passing, suddenly he is popular again for considerable amount of time.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Leading platforms and some of the most successful ever at that probably. Same as with the NES and Gameboy.

    They also did last quite a while, the PS2 didn’t officially end support until around 2013. A lot of people were still buying and playing them.

  • OldPalpy

    All PS3 models look like George Foreman grills, I like the PS4’s boxy design because it echoes the console designs of the early eras of gaming. http://i.imgur.com/hVtn2JE.jpg

  • Glad I got this console, honestly. Not only does it have a massive library already, but it also is region-free. Since I still have quite a bit of space left, I’ll be sure to pick up more games in the future.

  • It had a good long run. You guys better get a 3.55 PS3 and hack that thing. It’s truly amazing. It has enough games on it to last you probably easily 5 years. You can also play PS1,PS2,and PSP games on it. It also can run emulators.

  • SiliconNooB

    SNES seems like a fairly long run due to its awesomeness, despite the fact that it was only really in its prime for a few years before the PS1 started to steal the show [of course its reign was actually legitimately lengthy in Japan, where they still had awesome Squaresoft RPGs coming out throughout 1996].

  • orbo

    Whew, it really has been over ten years.
    My brother and I got a 500gb model late last year for less than $200 new because of its huge library and relatively low cost of the system, and to our surprise it’s STILL getting games like persona 5 which is coming out next month for both ps3 and ps4, while the 360 and wii have long since been dead consoles.

    To think the ps3 was such a laughing stock when it came out, it took years to lose the stigma it quickly got and not be a walking meme. ($600USD, Talladega Nights, Chad Warden, etc)

  • Fenrir007

    It outlived the WiiU. An amazing console to be sure – especially in a post-Rebug world for undub lovers.

  • Fenrir007

    “You can also play PS1,PS2,and PSP games on it.”

    Can this be done on any PS3? I do have one with CFW but I thought it was restricted to the older fats with extra hardware.

  • No it’s not I have a PS3 slim and hacked it. Just download a PS1/PS2 iso and transfer it to your internal HDD and run it with a manager. Just google the rest.

  • Fenrir007

    Didn’t know that. Gonna give it a try, thanks.

  • Joe

    The original PS4 looks good (especially because of the ability to change faceplates). The Pro looks uglier, and the slim even uglier (it’s sandwich layers are not symmetrical, and the round corners ruin the whole design IMO).

  • OldPalpy

    True the Pro’s extra layer reminds me of the Wii being two Gamecubes taped together meme.

  • David Curry

    Yep, it was mostly the install base, not necessarily the long life. When everybody has it, you can’t overlook it.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Yeah, if anything its the other way around.

    The massive install base means it’ll live longer. More interest means more software, which feeds into itself.

  • David Curry

    The longevity is of course a product of the high install base, which is a product of high demand. When you see the console sold and played almost all the time, it might fool people into thinking its lifecycle lasted longer than it actually did.

    I’ve never seen a Neo Geo in person and I’m hardly in the minority, but support for that console lasted longer than any PS platform.

  • Donwel

    All PS3s can (or should be able to) play PS1 games as I think they all have the PS1 hardware on board. PS2 games are limited to the early fat models (though only the 20GB, 60GB and I think some 80GB models) and PSP compatibility is, as far as I know, CFW only.

  • Zanard Bell

    Maybe I can finally get one.

  • randomdude

    I got mine used and it’s still going strong.

  • randomdude

    Since my PS3 won’t take PS2 game, I still get a lot of use out of a slimline model.

  • randomdude

    though many of us still make fun of him.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Yep, me too, or at least I did.