The official website of Sony has confirmed this, production of PlayStation 3 has definitely ceased in Japan. So far continued to sell the 500GB model but finally its commercial path ends, as did Microsoft last year with Xbox 360.
Announced during E3 of 2005 and originally released in November 2006 (March 2007 in Europe) PS3 initially did not have the bright beginnings that many auguraron for different reasons. Its high starting price, a somewhat loose initial catalog and its arrival a year later (almost two if we consider that its competitor, Xbox 360, arrived in December of 2005) slowed its advance considerably during the first years. But this was not all, PS3 also ended up being characterized by its complexity when it came to programming for it due to its internal architecture, this meant that the quality of multiplatform games was slightly lower in the Sony machine.
The possibility of enjoying free online play through PlayStation Network was an extra favorite for many PlayStation followers. In this aspect did not reach the quality of the benefits offered by the online payment service of his rival but managed to free their users from going through the box when buying a subscription to play over the internet.
PS3 was the first game consoles to use Blu-ray as a format for their games and was technically more powerful than Xbox 360, something that can easily be seen in its exclusive catalog and the final straight of the last generation, where finally the Sony console Knew how to recover and get better, technically speaking, than his rival.
PlayStation 3 has managed to sell about 85 million consoles