PlayStation 3 – The End Is Near
Step back with us for a moment in the GameOctane time machine back to the date of November 11th, 2006. On that day Sony released the next step in next generation gaming with the PlayStation 3 unit. A rough estimate of 83 million units have been sold since that day. Updated on the Official Sony PlayStation page in Japan, there is mention of a “Scheduled completion coming soon”. This sounds like that Sony may be ending its 11 year run with the console. Also mentioned on an important notice from SIEJA that after purchase support for the console will end in Japan at the end of this month on March 31st, 2017 for the 2500 series console. According to the notice “Regarding the CECH-2500 series (160 GB / 320 GB model) of PlayStation® 3, after-sales service will be terminated on Friday, March 31, 2017 due to depletion of parts inventory”. They are giving folks this deadline to submit their consoles for support/repair, but after that they will be getting no further help from Sony.
The consoles mentioned that are effected with this end of support, are listed below as obtained from the important notice (translated to english with Google Translate) on the SIEJA Website.
- CECH-2500A (160 GB model) Release date July 29, 2010
- CECH-2500B (320GB model) Release date July 29, 2010
- CECH-2500ALW (160GB model) Release date July 29th, 2010
- CECH – 2500 BLW (320 GB model) Release date October 21, 2010
- CECH-2500AGT (160GB model) Release time November 25, 2010
- CECH – 2500 ASS (160 GB model) Release time March 10, 2011
- CECH – 2500 BSS (320 GB model) Release time March 10, 2011
What does this mean exactly for the United States consoles? We do not know for sure, however if Japan is working on pulling the trigger, it can only be a matter of short time before the same fate for the console is effected in the West. Since its released the PlayStation 3 has been home to some pretty amazing titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, Little Big Planet, Call Of Duty, Resident Evil, and many other great titles. The list of games and amazing projects that have been done with the PlayStation 3 can go on for days. As we love hearing from our fans and followers, let us know some of your favorite games from the PlayStation 3 console and what you think about this announcement by Sony Japan.