In Japan, currently there is only one model of PlayStation 3: the charcoal black 500GB version. That console’s days are numbered.
March 23 Update - 4:32am: Sony Japan tells Kotaku, “PS3 shipment in Japan is ending ‘soon’ but the production of PS3 itself has already terminated. Therefore, there are no plans for future PS3 models.” Sony also added, “PS3 shipment in the US already terminated in Oct 2016.”
The model number for this particular PS3 hardware is CECH-4300C, and it went on sale in 2014. There does not appear to be a replacement for this in the hardware line up.
Former Sony exec Ken Kutaragi previously said that the console would have a ten-year life cycle. The PS3 launched in November 2006, and now that it’s 2017, you could say the PlayStation 3 has held on longer than expected. Thank revamped console iterations and an impressive game library for that!
No word how this impacts North America. Kotaku followed up with Sony, but did not hear back in time for publication.
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