Sony finally ends PS3 production in Japan

A Gold PlayStation 4 Appears To Be On The Way

On the official Japanese website of PlayStation, the last PS3 model with 500 GB hard disk being manufactured in Japan had its status listed as "Shipment Completed". The 500GB PS3 - which was, until a couple of months ago, the only variant in production in Japan has ended its production run. There's no word on when the same will occur in the west.

While this does mark the end of sales in Japan, there is no word on when or if PS3 shipments will end in the US, Canada or the other big gaming markets. Husband to Matt and cat dad to Wally.

PlayStation 3 was launched late 2006 (although Sony made Europeans wait until March 2007) and has sold roughly 86 million units worldwide. Based on the game's popularity and a huge demand, they have chose to make a sequel to the game. Sony followed up the initial model of the system with the Slim and Super Slim styles that came out with increased hard drive space that also took up much less room.

But there's also a deeper issue at play, here, that is influencing a new approach to console design. Since E3 2017 is just around the corner, there are chances that Sony will add predecessors of the upcoming games to the PS Plus free games library.

The publisher confirmed that they have sold about 80 million consoles since its launch which is on par with Microsoft's immensely successful Xbox 360 console. It is a first-person shooter game that allows players to play either by themselves or with other players. While some lamented the loss of the original PlayStation 3 model - a powerhouse console that was capable of playing almost any media source including PlayStation 2 games - the accessibility of later PlayStation models certainly helped Sony recover some of the ground they lost.

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