The PS3 Console Has Ended Production Over In Japan

Posted June 01, 2017

An update on the official Japanese PlayStation website (spotted by Gematsu) indicates that production of the decade-old console in Japan has ceased.

The revolution which started out with a pricey $499 console with 20GB internal storage (and $599 for the 60GB version) is coming to an end with sales of more than 80 million consoles till date.

Fans of Sony's gaming platforms will be surprised to know that the company has officially halted production of the PS3 in Japan.

Over half a billion game devices sold in less than a decade isn't bad.

The last game included in June's PS+ lineup is Spy Chameleon. The device did best in Japan where it was the dominant console, in the West, however, faced stiff competition from Microsoft's Xbox 360.

First launched in November 2006, the PS3 console leaves a legacy of more than a thousand games, both exclusive and non-exclusive. There are chances that Sony will include Nidhogg and Spy Chameleon into the PlayStation Plus free games library in June 2017.

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Meanwhile, the games on Sony's PlayStation Plus May 2017 are now available for download.

May has proved different, however, with several leaks springing up, confirming the official PS4 Games included in the roster.

The May games are already available for the PlayStation Plus. These two games are also available on PS4 via the Cross-buy. Ah, but the patch does do a bit more than Sony has let on.

In Japan, now there is only one model of PlayStation 3: the charcoal black 500GB version.

Sony has not revealed any details about the rumored Vita successor being called PlayStation Vita 2. Recently, we could see on Twitter a picture of the games Killing Floor 2 and Life Is Strange, for PlayStation 4. 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.