Last Japanese PlayStation 3 shipped

Posted June 01, 2017

Now, Sony has announced that the 500GB PlayStation 3, the last remaining model left in production, will cease in Japan.

The PS4's success has meant that Sony has been able to secure the kind of third-party relationships that bolster a console's profile.

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The PS3 was bolstered by high-quality exclusive titles such as the Uncharted series, but was late to introduce counterparts to the online features seen in Xbox Live at the time. On the other hand, during its launch in 2006, the company outlined that it was only offering 10-year support to a handful of devices including PS Vita and PS3. The console received all latest sports games from Electronic arts including Federation Internationale de Football Association 16, NFL, GTA V among many other newer titles. The North American launch faired slightly better, but it wasn't enough to entice people to buy the expensive console. No doubt there will be plenty of PlayStation VR headsets around and upcoming Sony games to play. Wikipedia lists 1,433 PS3 games released or to be released on Blu-ray disc for PlayStation 3. Instead of the usual six free games it looks like they limited it to just two but made a decision to go for some measure of quality over quantity. As far as the titles for the Vita are concerned, Sony has already confirmed the arrival of some new games including Kung Fury: Street Rage, Plantera, Spellspire and Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. The tech giants have slowly been signalling the end of the PlayStation 3 for quite some time now as the production of other models has stopped over the course of the past year.

Meanwhile, there are lots of ranging speculations over Sony's next moves. The company has sold 78 million hardware units. These six titles will be free for all PlayStation Plus members to download, adding to the ever growing "Instant Game Collection" on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.

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One fact, which has not been highlighted in the official change log, is that Sony has changed the iconography for the device, as pointed out by Polygon.

It didn't get anywhere near that goal, but it did catch the Xbox 360, and has sold more than 80 million PS3 units to date.

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