Time to pour one out for Sony's PlayStation 3 – the last-generation console from the Japanese gaming giants is being put out to pasture.
The 500GB standard model is the last remaining PS3 in production in Japan, but a listing on the Sony site now stated that "shipments are scheduled to end soon."
A good innings
It may have played second-fiddle to the Xbox 360 during the last console generation, but the PS3 still enjoyed a lengthy shelf life, first going on sale in November 2006. Sony has always stated that it works to ten-year life cycles for its machines, so the news of production coming to halt should come as no surprise.
Though the specific cut-off date has yet to be revealed, a tweet from a gaming shop in Fukuoka would suggest that the lights go off in March.
Those enjoying playing with their PS3 consoles shouldn't panic – the end of production doesn't mean your PlayStation will suddenly cease to work. However, it does start a countdown clock of sorts when it comes to support for the machine – with production lines switching off, Sony will inevitably be winding down updates for the PS3, which may eventually have ramifications for online services and digital downloads.
As for picking up a new PS3, that'll become increasingly difficult, potentially putting a premium price on second-hand PlayStation 3 consoles.
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