The sun is setting on the PlayStation 3 in Japan

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The PlayStation 3 was first released in November 2006. If you listened to then PlayStation boss Ken Kutaragi you would have taken a second job to afford the beastly machine. Instantly popular in Japan, the PlayStation 3 took some time to gain momentum in the English-speaking world in the face of a more popular Xbox 360. For a few years, in that console war the Xbox 360 was superior too – with most cross-platform games performing better on Microsoft’s machine.

Something happened though. Microsoft went all in on Kinect, lost focus on its first party exclusives, and by 2008, the PlayStation 3 became the best place to play platform exclusives. It went on to sell over 84 million units worldwide. It was a late bloomer, but it became a wonderful system – home to some of the last generation’s best games.

And now, that era is coming to an end. Though the PlayStation 3 actually discontinued in Oceania in 2015, production of the console has continued with the system still available at retail in Japan and much of the West. Japan has called it quits. According to the official PlayStation website, (via Gematsu) production of the console has “ended.”

It looks like Sony kept its promises to keep the PlayStation 3 supported for 10 years, but that time is now over. With production in Japan over, it’s likely that the west will follow suit soon – and remaining units will be sent off to the third world, where they still have some hope of finding their way into people’s homes.

Tell us! What are your favourite PlayStation 3 memories?

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Last Updated: May 30, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Umar
    • Hammersteyn


      • Umar

        Bless up, homie

  • It gave us FF XIII and FF XIII-2 and Lighting Returns 😛

    Jokes aside. I had loads of fun playing a few games but this was also the console where I felt most of the titles were not appealing to me up to the point where my drive died and I shelved it.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend …

  • Hammersteyn

    I won my first PS3 and I only entered a competition twice to do it. Favourite PS3 memories are the nostalgic ones at the beginning.
    1. Resistance Fall of Man – First game I played on the PS3, it was gorgeous at the time.
    2. Elder Scrolls Oblivion and later Skyrim – Time flew by with those two
    3. Demon Souls – Could not put the game down, kept pushing on and on, curios to see what new horrors were around the corner.
    4. Orange Box – All the HL2 I could ever want.
    5. Uncharted – Was so good.

    • BakedBagel

      Heavy Rain. God damn.

      I bought a PS3 purely for that game. My god was it worth it.

    • HvR

      6. Last of Us
      7. Rants not winning one

      • Hammersteyn


      • MonsterCheddar


  • Hammersteyn

    I also fondly remember subscribing to PS+ for the first time and all the games that came with it…. Such a shame

  • Pieter Kruger

    End of an era, but the PS4 is doing a good job in carrying the torch forward.

    • Who are you and what have you done with Pieter?

      • Pieter Kruger

        Xbox still is and will always be the best console to play but give credit where it’s due!

        • MonsterCheddar

          Preach that shit, Brother. Preach it!!!

          Xbox for Life!!!

  • Original Heretic

    Now I’ve got House of the Rising Sun playing in my head.

    I remember borrowing a friend’s PS3 just so that I could play God of War 3.

  • HvR

    My best memories. First console and currently playing Last of Us and watching Netflix on it


  • Jim of the Banana

    If you asked me 10 years ago what I thought was the greatest console ever released, I would have gladly said the Playstation 2… but in hindsight, the Playstation 3 WILL always be my favourite console.

    Thank you Playstation 3 – I will never sell mine!

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