PlayStation 3 Production in Japan Ending Soon

PlayStation 3 Production in Japan Ending Soon - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 March 2017 / 9,266 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan announced PlayStation 3 production in Japan will be ending soon. The 500GB model is the only one left in production in Japan and the official page says "shipments are scheduled to end soon."

The PlayStation 3 launched in November 2006. 

Thanks Gematsu.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Areym (on 17 March 2017)

Sony don't fuck around when they say their consoles have a 10 year life cycle.

BraLoD (on 17 March 2017)

Will still use mine for a looooong time.

oniyide (on 18 March 2017)

I'm still buying games for the damn thing

GOWTLOZ (on 20 March 2017)

Yes me too.

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GameAnalyser (on 18 March 2017)

i have my 2008 40 GB model...kicking ass yet.

bonzobanana (on 17 March 2017)

Great console especially for the select few games that are designed from the ground up to run on the hardware and look amazing.

SuperNintend0rk (on 17 March 2017)

Wow I didn't realise the PS3 launched 3 years after the PS4 lol

trunkswd (on 17 March 2017)


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Signalstar (on 17 March 2017)

Correction: The PlayStation 3 launched November 2006.

trunkswd (on 17 March 2017)


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exclusive_console (on 19 March 2017)

My fav console.

GOWTLOZ (on 20 March 2017)

PS3 launched in 2006 and ends production in 2017. Wii U launched in 2012 and end production in 2016. I write this to give some perspective.

Knitemare (on 18 March 2017)

Maybe this means they will start working in PS5 D:

Qwark (on 18 March 2017)

So Sony finally stopped producing their biggest flop in playstation history. The games on it where fantastic though, but hardware wise and profit wise it was a shipwreck.

greenmedic88 (on 18 March 2017)

I think the Playstation Vita wins that booby prize.

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Knitemare (on 18 March 2017)

Still sold more than 360 at the very end. But yeah, it almost wrecked PS division.

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oniyide (on 18 March 2017)

i bet the others wish for a flop like this.

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Azhraell (on 19 March 2017)

Psv probably didn't cost them money and was actually profitable given the memory cards+strong digital shift. PS3 was not a flop obviously, but it wasn't the success they expected, especially early on its life

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Rob5VGC (on 19 March 2017)

@leyendax69 100 million sold or flop. That is in regard to PS home consoles due to the bar being high.

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Qwark (on 19 March 2017)

The PS3 was financially a far bigger flop than the Vita it did vaporize the complete profits of the PS2. Vita didn't nearly cost as much to develop nor was the hardware sold at big losses.

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Azhraell (on 19 March 2017)


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Seventizz (on 17 March 2017)

Good riddance. I know I'll get flagged for trolling, but my ps3 is probably the worst console I've ever owned. It was loud, updating took forever, I've been hacked twice, and the games were nothing fantastic to my taste. It's mainly why I've sworn off the PlayStation brand. Rot in your box.

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monocle_layton (on 20 March 2017)

cool story. We all definitely enjoyed the amount of effort put into this post

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AlfredoTurkey (on 20 March 2017)

He didn't like the console, no need to down vote the guy for it. The world isn't all candy and rainbows people.

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