Better known as the awkward sibling nestled in between the portentous #PS2 and the unstoppable force that is the #PS4, production of the #PS3 ended on May 29 in Japan after a decade long stint as the blu-ray spinning, thorn in the side of the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
The news, dug out from Japan's official PlayStation website, stated that the 500 GB PS3 — AKA the one with the sliding lid — was the final model to be rolled off the conveyor belts and into Japanese department stores. Farewell, old friend.
Though it didn't really have a chance at matching the PS2's insane lifespan, here's to a decade of play!
PlayStation 3 Production Has Ended In Japan
Kicking off in Japan on November 11, 2006, the PS3 didn't have the most auspicious of beginnings. Its first model was bulky, unattractive and rather noisy on a warm day. Also, it was a pretty expensive proposition for the futurist gamer, coming in at a hefty $499-599 for the differing HDD sizes.
Add that to the fuss surrounding the PS3's paltry launch titles — which included Everybody's Golf 5 and Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War in Japan & North America, and MotorStorm and Resistance: Fall of Man in Europe — things weren't looking particularly shipshape for the third iteration of the PlayStation brand.
Everything was seemingly against the PS3. The Xbox 360 had FPS fans enamoured with its sensational controller and the Wii was getting snapped up by millions of aunties and grandparents across the globe.
But a slim model and a few of the most groundbreaking console exclusives later —including Journey, The Last of Us, Uncharted 1-3, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Metal Gear Solid IV and LittleBigPlanet 2 — the PS3 had finally carved some space for itself in the seventh generation of video game consoles.
But, all in all, it was to be trounced by the all-conquering, Wii-shaped juggernaut that sold over 100 million units, and the 360 which sold a cool 84 million.
Anyways, with that aside, let's have a look at the—
PS3: A Life In Numbers
PS3 Launch Dates
- Japan - November 11th, 2006
- North America - November 17th, 2006
- Europe - March 23rd, 2007
Total Consoles Sold - 80 Million
Total Games Sold - 595 Million
Highest Selling Title - 'Grand Theft Auto V' (21.3 Million Copies Sold)
Highest Selling PS3 Exclusive - 'Gran Turismo 5' (11.94 Million Copies Sold)
Percent Of US Households That Still Own A PS3 - 18%
Quirky and innovative, the PS3's time has been called, and I for one am sad to see it go. I'll miss your Skyrim dragons that flew backwards, the fact that you could play games in full 3D on fancy TVs and the initial scent of plastic that came with ripping open my first blu-ray. I refuse to shed any tears for the XMB interface though. Nah, not a single drop.