Sony is ending production of PlayStation 3 units soon in Japan. The console’s entry on PlayStation’s official Japanese website has been updated to read, “Shipments are scheduled to end soon.”
This doesn’t mean global production will stop any time soon. While Japanese and western consumers are typically quick to adopt new technology, other parts of the world are slower to receive new hardware. 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.
Much of the PS3’s early life wasn’t ideal due to a high retail price and reports that it was difficult to develop for, but the console enjoyed a re-emergence of sorts later on thanks to high-quality exclusive titles like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Journey, LittleBigPlanet, and The Last of Us. Sony also released revised versions of the console: the Slim model launched in 2009 before a Super Slim edition followed in 2012. The device was replaced by the PlayStation 4 in 2013.
It remains to be seen when the PS3 will cease production in the west.