According to the official Japanese PlayStation website, the production for the PlayStation 3 has ended in Japan. Sony mentioned their console will have a ten-year life cycle before ending production, and they have honored their words since the system’s launch in 2006. The PlayStation 3 has sold over 86 million consoles worldwide prior to this announcement. While the PlayStation 3 had a slow start in the beginning, it started to pick up towards the end due to the release of many well received games as well as the announcement of complementary games with the PlayStation Plus subscription service.
November 2006 – May 2017