Sony to End Customer Support For PlayStation 3 and PSP Soon

Sony PlayStation Japan has announced that after-sales repair services for PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable will be ending soon.

Sony PlayStation Japan has now announced that the repair services of PlayStation 3’s last current model (PS3 Slim) will come to an end soon in Japan. In addition to that, PlayStation Portable-3000 repairs will be also ending soon.

As revealed on the official Japanese PlayStation website, Sony will stop accepting repairs for PS3 CECH-3000 series (160GB / 320GB models) after May 31, 2019. This is being done due to the shortage of parts inventory. Users of the PlayStation 3 3000 series system with a warranty are advised to apply for after-sales service via PlayStation Support or online repair reception service before June 1, 2019.

Below are the PS3 models which can be sent for after-sales service by May 31, 2019.

  • CECH-3000A (160GB model)  Release date late June 2011
  • CECH-3000B (320GB model)  Release date late June 2011
  • CECH-3000ALW (160GB model)  Release date September 8, 2011
  • CECH-3000ATX (160GB model)  Release date September 8, 2011
  • CECH-3000ANK (320GB model)  Release date November 17, 2011
  • CECH-3000BSB (320GB model)  Release date November 17, 2011
  • CECH-3000 BSR (320GB model)  Release date November 17, 2011
  • CECH-3000BFF (320GB model)  Release date December 15, 2011
  • CECH-3000 BOP (320GB model)  Release date March 1, 2012

Meanwhile, for PSP, Sony says that they are running out of repair components. Because of that, all PlayStation Portable owners should consider applying for after-sales service as soon as possible. It’s likely to end very soon and Sony will be announcing when they run out of repair parts.

Below are the target PSP devices.

  • PSP-3000 Series Launch Date October 2008
  • Peripheral devices of PSP (PlayStation Portable)

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise since we know that Sony is shifting its focus towards the future. PlayStation 3’s production was officially halted back in 2017, marking the end of an amazing era.

Since then, the company has made it clear that the support for the console is about to end soon. March 2019 was the last month for free PlayStation Plus games on PS3.

The predecessor of PlayStation 4 was clearly a hit as current PlayStation 3 sales are said to be over 87 million units. These sale numbers have been now crossed by PS4 which is expected to cross over a million units by the end of 2019.

Sony has indeed done a great job when it comes to PlayStation consoles. The company is now hoping to achieve further success in the gaming industry with its PlayStation 5. Sony’s Mark Cerny recently confirmed the next-gen console for the first time while discussing its features which include ray-tracing and 8k support. We still have a year or two until we get our hands on the next-gen consoles.

Until then, Get your PS3 repaired in time to play some of the best games like The Last of Us, Uncharted 2 and more once again.

Source: Sony Japan

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