ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Marlon McDonald

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to reminisce about the life and times of our loyal old friend, the PlayStation 3, as it enters the last year of its lifecycle after a decade of existence. Revealed over on Sony Japan's PlayStation 3 website, the tech giants are ending production of the console this year. Maybe as early as this month, as posited by this tweet from a Japanese game store.

And when stocks of the console dry up, that will be it. Which makes sense seeing as there are currently two purchasable PS4 models in the wild.

Production Of The PlayStation 3 Ends This Year

[Credit: Sony]
[Credit: Sony]

Coming off the back of the heady successes of the PlayStation 2, which saw its timely end arrive last year, the PS3 had quite the tough start—which wasn't helped by its insanely high initial retail price of $599 for the OG 60GB model.

The PS3's North American launch—which commenced on November 16th, 2006—was plagued with notable issues. Campers waiting in line were shot at with BB guns in a drive-by situation, one shopper was actually shot with a real gun, and some were robbed at gunpoint. Guns, huh? Great fun.

What a lovely peripheral [Credit: Sony]
What a lovely peripheral [Credit: Sony]

In the end the PlayStation 3 managed to reorient itself as the home of some of the greatest exclusive games of the seventh generation of consoles. And you know it's true.

The likes of Journey, Flower, Heavy Rain, the Uncharted trilogy, Valkyria Chronicles, LittleBigPlanet and The Last of Us all debuted on the PS3 and helped solidify Sony's dominance over the gaming industry—which was later aided admirably by the Wii U's hubris and Microsoft killing the Xbox One before it even dropped.

Journey [Credit: thatgamecompany]
Journey [Credit: thatgamecompany]

PS3 may have been pipped to the position of highest selling console of its era by the Xbox 360 (84 million units), and totally trounced by the Nintendo Wii (101 million units), but as it bows out the console can hold its head up with pride. Especially 2009's Slim model. Damn that console was a beaut!

The Life Of PS3 In Numbers

Units Sold - 83,000,000

[Credit: Sony]
[Credit: Sony]

Games Sold - 595,000,000

[Credit: East Brunswick Public Library]
[Credit: East Brunswick Public Library]

Highest Selling Game - 'GTA V' 20,000,000

[Credit: Rockstar Games]
[Credit: Rockstar Games]

So, gamers, raise your glasses and let's toast the life of Sony's most divisive console. You may be leaving the production lines of Japan—and eventually the rest of the world—this year, but you sure as heck will not be forgotten. Now, where did I leave mine?

What's your favorite PS3 memory?

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