The End of an Era: Sony Halts PS3 Production in Japan

PS3 Ending Production

Friends and fellow gamers, we have reached a turning point in the history of gaming. We're all loving the PS4 and PlayStation VR, but we cannot forget where we came from. The PS3 was an excellent console that brought us some of the best franchises in gaming, and now, ten years after its release, it's time to say goodbye.

That's right, Sony has announced that they are ending production of the PS3 in Japan. Let's look at a brief history of the PS3, and what the future holds for us gamers.

10 Years and 80 Million Sales Later

The PS3 has a great run. The final total was 80 million in sales, but it seems like the PS4 is quickly catching up to that number. The PS2 is still the king, however. That sweet station sold 155 million units, making it the best-selling console of all time!

Even so, the PS4 is up to 60 million and counting, so there's still time for records to be broken. While we sometimes look back on games for the previous generation and cringe at the difference in graphics, the PS3 still looks pretty good by today's standards.

This was thanks to the incredibly talented developers Sony has partnered with, and the raw power that the PS3 offered at the time through its cell processor.

Thanks to the PS3, series like Killzone, Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us, God of War, and plenty more found new life and sequels on the PS4. It was a place for new franchises to be forged and given life.

Not only that, but it was a place for developers to stretch their creative legs and grow as game creators. While the first three Uncharted games all appeared on PS3, thanks to the evolution of those titles, Uncharted 4 was one of the best games ever made.

The leap from the PS2 to PS3 was huge. Developers finally had the power to realize incredible and cinematic experiences, but the architecture of the system made it difficult for everyone to take advantage of the power.

Sony's switch to a standard CPU/GPU architecture with the PS4 was a decision made because of the PS3 and gaming is all the better for it. The leap from PS3 to PS4 also brought us the DualShock 4, the first redesign since the original console's controller.

The successes and mistakes on the PS3 made the PS4 what it is today. Each generation informs the next one, much like a father teaches their son or daughter to avoid the mistakes they made and do things even better than they did.

PlayStation has always been about that kind of progression and learning from mistakes. Now, we're entering a brave new world of 4K and VR, both of which are finding testing grounds on the PS4 and PS4 Pro.

As we remember all that the PS3 gave us, let's look to the future. What will PS4 offer for its successor?

Looking to the Future: What Will The PS5 Be Like?

PS3 Ending Production

The PS4 still has some life left in it. After all, the PS4 Pro just came out and VR is still getting its legs. We as gamers love to look into the future, even if it's just a glimpse.

If you're wondering what the PS5 will be like, look no further than PS5 Gamers. Over there, we're making bold statements and setting the stage for the future of gaming.

For example, we've predicted that the PS5 will be releasing on November 15th, 2020, and that's just the beginning.

Of course we want to hear from you! So, whether you're a PS4 Expert or a PS5 Gamer (hopefully both!), let us know what memories you forged on the PS3 and what you think the future of gaming will look like on the PS5 in the comments!

Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 6/19/17

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