A notice on the official Japanese PlayStation website states that production of PlayStation 3 will be ending soon, probably around the end of of March.
Following the wildly successful PlayStation 2 the third console had a rocky start with developers struggling with new custom architecture, and consumers were left baffled by a series of adverts featuring clowns and ballerinas rather than showing off the powerful console. The Xbox 360 raced in terms of sales and Sony faced a long struggle to catch up.
PlayStation 3 was the first console I bought “day one” and, as I was feeling a bit flash at the time, I forked out for a 52″ HD TV to go with it which cost £2,300 at the time. You’ll be surprised to hear both my 60gb, backwards compatible launch PS3 and the TV are still going strong, the PS3 has had a couple of blu-ray drives but the TV is faultless, not a single dead pixel.
PlayStation 3 was also the reason why I searched the internet to find a good website to keep me updated with news, reviews and features, so I also have PS3 to thank for bringing me to TSA and making lots of new friends.
Cheers PlayStation 3, enjoy your retirement.