PS3 To Be Discontinued In Japan Soon

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Some games, like Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, are still scheduled to release on it this year, but with Sony focusing its attention on new hardware, it's likely the PlayStation 3 is entering its final days. With only the occasional new game that isn't a yearly sports title, the PS3's nearing the end of its life, so it should be no surprise that Sony are about to end production in Japan.

It seems that the PS3 has been particularly successful in Japan, where it even managed to lap the PS4 during its first year, speaking volumes to its popularity and its longevity.

Launched in 2014, PlayStation Now is Sony Interactive Entertainment's way of allowing game fans on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC to play hundreds of titles in the PlayStation back catalog.

Sony just announced that it is discontinuing the production of the PlayStation 3 in its home country, Japan.

According to Gamerant, the success of Sony in the current generation of consoles has been fairly well documented, with PS4 sales topping 50 million worldwide at the end of a year ago.

No word how this impacts North America or Australia. However, Japanese site GamesTalk.net reports that shipments will be completed in March 2017.

Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox remain in competition with each other and there's an interplay at work in the timing of this and other recent announcements.

According to Fortune, Sony hasn't confirmed exactly when the update will come into force, but some current PS Now subscribers will be given the chance to sample the new updated service early in a private test.

"After thoughtful consideration, we chose to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices".

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