The PlayStation 3’s days are numbered, at least in Japan

Sony will cease manufacturing the PlayStation 3 in Japan soon.

Though the company has not made an official announcement, the store page for the 500GB model confirms that “shipments are scheduled to end soon” (via Gematsu). The 500GB model is currently the only PS3 model still in production.

This end date could be as soon as March, according to a Tweet from a Japanese retailer. When manufacturing ends in Japan, it usually means the West will soon follow.

Released in 2006, the PS3 will celebrate its 11th year on the market this November. At launch, Sony promised to support the console for ten years. The 500GB model mentioned above is the Super Slim, the console’s final revision which launched in 2012.

By comparison, Microsoft ceased manufacturing of the Xbox 360 in April last year. Maybe now is a good time to make sure your unit works, if you intend to keep it for some time.

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Its only a matter of time untill it wont be distributes in the US


Saku We'll I guess more sales? We shell see soon

I think less sales, at least in japan ;)


Shame but xbox are comimg back. They messed up by bringing out the pro ect.


We'll I guess more sales? We shell see soon


Wow i guessed i missed it when Xbox stopped production of the Xbox 360. They must have had a lot in the warehouse cause the toysrus i work in sold quite a few over the holidays.


Theres plenty of consoles out there anyway. shame tho rip


damn bro im going to cry man i cant believe its those days now where the old classics are getting pushes away for garbage ass new technology lol.



It was gonna happen one of these days. Soon 360 servers and Ps3 servers will be no more.


I didn't even think they still made new ones lol


Surprised they are still being developed thought that would have all stopped a long time ago since the PS4 Came out.. i'm pretty sure these things where also costing Sony money every time they sold one so i'm starting to think this is why Sony have been releasing all these various PS4's.