PS3 Shipments And Production Coming to an End In Japan

18 March, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Alicia Barber
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With only the occasional new game that isn't a yearly sports title, the PS3's nearing the end of its life, so it should be no surprise that Sony are about to end production in Japan.

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

Much of the PS3's early life was marred by a high retail price and reports that it was hard to develop for, but the console enjoyed a resurgence of sorts later on thanks to high-quality exclusive titles like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Journey, LittleBigPlanet, and The Last of Us. A retailer based in Kuruke, Fukuoka, Japan has come up with the confirmation that the end of March will see the end of the production of new products in the PlayStation 3 series.

When Sony launched the PS3's successor, the PlayStation 4, many jumped the bandwagon of purchasing the newer console due to its more advanced and more developed features.

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In fact, Sony has been preparing to withdraw the console from service since a year ago.

The PlayStation 3 had its North American launch back in 2006. Right now, it's not clear whether the issue affects all the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 4 Slim, and the PlayStation 4 PRO game consoles. The company also gave no certain dates about when the PlayStation 3 would shop shipping in Japan. Several users now report of experiencing poor wireless network connectivity woes. Sony will stop shipping the models once the remaining units are gone. People who want to buy the console will have to look for it in the secondhand market.

Brian Dunn, PlayStation Now senior marketing manager, said at the time, "After thoughtful consideration, we chose to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices".

Announced via the PlayStation Blog, the game streaming service will expand the catalogue to include PS4 titles, but it doesn't say when.

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