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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?


Last Updated: May 30, 2017


  1. Umar

    May 30, 2017 at 08:14

  2. Ottokie

    May 30, 2017 at 08:30

    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.


  3. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    May 30, 2017 at 08:31

    Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend …


  4. Pieter Kruger

    May 30, 2017 at 08:57

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


    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 30, 2017 at 09:03

      Who are you and what have you done with Pieter?


      • Pieter Kruger

        May 30, 2017 at 09:09

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


  5. Original Heretic

    May 30, 2017 at 09:29

    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.


  6. HvR

    May 30, 2017 at 09:43

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



  7. Jim of the Banana

    May 30, 2017 at 15:07

    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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