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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Sony To Stop PS3 Production, Shipments In Japan Soon

Sony To Stop PS3 Production, Shipments In Japan Soon

Sony's decision to finally wind down production of the PlayStation 3 in Japan means that the major markets will likely see supplies begin to wane.

Sony executive Ken Kutaragi had previously said that the PS3 would have a ten year life cycle but in November 2016, the console entered its 11th year in production.

The PS3 Slim (500GB), the last incarnation of the PS3 iterations, marks the passing on to videogame console history of the ubiquitous console.

After more than a decade of being on sale, it seems as if Sony Interactive Entertainment is set to end the production of its PS3 console in Japan sometime soon. The company released the last first-party PS3 title in October a year ago.

For the uninitiated, the PlayStation 4 firmware 4.50 update offers new features on the console such as external drive support, custom background photos, and notification menu updates.

Many reports have surfaced online about updated PlayStation 4 consoles being unable to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Once the unsold stock dries up, shipments will stop and the PS3 will become a footnote in history.

According to Fortune, Sony hasn't confirmed exactly when the update will come into force, but some current PS Now subscribers will be given the chance to sample the new updated service early in a private test.

By the end of the same month, Xbox was unveiling its own subscription scheme, Xbox Games Pass, which involves over 100 titles sourced from the Xbox One and Xbox 360 libraries.

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.

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