Sony has announced that the PlayStation 3 will soon end production in Japan. The company's official PlayStation website noted that "shipments are scheduled to end soon", according to a report by GamesTalk, translated by Gematsu. The only unit type remaining in Japan is the standard 500 GB Super Slim.
A specific date for the end of production was not given, but Gematsu also found a tweet from a game shop in Kurume, Fukuoka that suggests production will be ending in March.
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If true, that brings to an end a great 11 year run for the PlayStation 3. The system was a success for Sony, keeping pace with its competition, the Xbox 360. It did not dominate like the PlayStation 2 did or the PlayStation is currently doing. The PlayStation 3 had sold 85 million units by the end of March 2016; in contrast, the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console of all-time with more than 155 million sold and the PlayStation 4 is already up to 53.4 million sold worldwide.
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