Sony Ends Production of the PlayStation 3 in Japan

first_imgStay on target All good things must come to an end. After over ten years in production, Sony has officially ceased manufacturing the PlayStation 3 in Japan.As posted on Sony of Japan’s website (via Gematsu), shipments for PS3 model number CECH-4300C have ended. This is the 500GB model that was released in 2014 and which replaced the original “fat” PS3 from 2006 and the first “slim” model from 2009. Reports of Sony ending production of the PS3 began in late March (via Kotaku).To say the PS3 had a rocky start would be an understatement. The original 60GB and 20GB models retailed for $599.99 and $499.99 (respectively) during the November 2006 launch. To make matters worse, the system’s launch lineup wasn’t exactly stellar. In Japan, the system launched with Genji: Days of the Blade, Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight, Resistance: Fall of Man, Ridge Racer 7, and Sega Golf Club. The North American launch faired slightly better, but it wasn’t enough to entice people to buy the expensive console. Because of this, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 — which had launched a year prior to the PS3 — managed to stay ahead of Sony’s system for the majority of the previous generation.At the end of its life, PlayStation 3 managed to sell over 80 million units worldwide. That is an impressive number, but it is still far behind the 155 million selling PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 4 has currently sold 53.4 million consoles. At the rate it is going, it will surpass PS3’s sales eventually. This can be attributed to its strong launch and how it continues to have quality first party games along with strong third party marketing deals.Production of the PS3 may have ended in Japan, but it is still being manufactured in other spots around the world. However, since it is no longer being produced in Japan, it is only a matter of time before production ends globally. Every Mainline God of War Game, RankedDemon’s Souls Servers Shutting Down After 9 Years last_img read more