The official Japanese Playstation website has announced that Playstation 3 production has been ended in Japan, marking the end of an era. The console has been in production for over 11 years, ever since the Playstation 3 first released in 2006. The production has likely ended so that Sony can focus on the Playstation 4.
The only Playstation 3 model still left in production was the 500 gigabyte version, which had the most memory out of all of the Playstation 3 models. However, now that it has also been discontinued, it’s only a matter of time before Sony also stops Playstation 3 production in other regions as well.
This marks yet another step in the effort by gaming publishers and hardware manufacturers to move the generation along, as we’re four years into the current console generation and the time is starting to come when people need to upgrade, or get left behind.
While the Playstation 3 is a classic console, both it and the Xbox 360 are both rapidly being left behind by the new generation. Various developers have stopped updating the versions of games that are on last-gen consoles, and new games are now becoming exclusively for this generation, rather than also coming to games like the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Services that were previously on last-gen consoles have also been pulled.
For instance, the Playstation 3 version of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, has stopped updating for the Playstation 3 after its Heavensward expansion. Destiny’s final main expansion, Destiny: Rise of Iron, also stopped updating for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
So, if you have a Playstation 3, you might want to be careful with it in the future. With Playstation 3 production ending in Japan, and with the other regions sure to follow in the near future, they’ll soon become a hot commodity.
And, if you have a Playstation 3 and are still holding out hope that it will continue to get supported, you should probably spring for a Playstation 4 if you want to keep up with the latest releases.