PlayStation 3 production ending in Japan
According to Gamerant, the success of Sony in the current generation of consoles has been fairly well documented, with PS4 sales topping 50 million worldwide at the end of previous year.
Although Sony did not give a specific date on when production is scheduled to end, a retailer located in Kuruke, Fukuoka has leaked that production is ending this March.
Sony's long-standing console reign shows no signs of slowing down: the PlayStation 4 continues to dominate over Xbox in terms of sales and total console market value, growth, and momentum.
Sony will cease manufacturing the PlayStation 3 in Japan soon.
Subscription service PlayStation Now is expanding its remit to include current PlayStation 4 games as well as those from the PlayStation 3 back catalogue.
The PS3 Slim (500GB), the last incarnation of the PS3 iterations, marks the passing on to videogame console history of the ubiquitous console. $17.8 billion of this came entirely from the PS4, meaning the console alone had a huge 51% input.
Mortal Kombat, Red Dead Redemption and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 are just some of the games already available on PlayStation Now, its online game library.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Sony can maintain this level of success- this year, the PS4 has a stream of hits and high profile exclusive games. Then, at E3 2006 gamers finally learned Sony's pricing strategy for the device - a 20GB model for $499 and a 60GB version for $599 - and much of the early hype turned into shock.
Sony announced last month that it will be stopping its PlayStation Now service for several supported platforms, excluding Windows PCs and the PS4.
It was inevitable for the Wii, the Wii U and the Xbox 360, and now, it appears that the PlayStation 3 is ready to be put out to pasture.