PS3 To Be Discontinued In Japan Soon

As reported by Gematsu and Japanese site Gamestalk, Sony has revealed it will "soon" end production of the only remaining PS3 model still being made in Japan.

Former Sony exec Ken Kutaragi previously said that the console would have a 10-year life cycle. The original PlayStation also sold over 100m units. Since the release of the new consoles, however, Sony has stopped releasing sales numbers of last gen hardware. After all, when Wii U production ended in Japan just past year, the physical manufacturing of Nintendo's previous system before the Switch halted globally soon after. For example, while the PS3 came to Japan and North America in November 2006, it didn't launch in Brazil until 2010, so production could be expected to continue for some time there.

At the moment subscribers to PS Now can stream nearly 500 PS3 games from their PS4 consoles, so expanding the service to include PS4 titles is an exciting prospect that will also be far more useful for gamers who want to enjoy more current titles.

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The PlayStation 3 has been around for over a decade and for the most part, has been very successful. The company released the last first-party PS3 title in October past year. Nevertheless, Sony's third generation PlayStation is home to some of the most popular titles in gaming history, such as the Uncharted series, Gran Turismo 5, and The Last of Us.

All of the games in the service, including PS4 games, will be included with a single PS Now subscription.

The PS3 was no PS2, I'll tell you that much, and it was hell to work with according to many developers, but it had a good run (for reference, the Xbox 360 was discontinued roughly one year ago in April 2016).