UPDATE Sony PlayStation New Zealand have confirmed they are discontinuing the PlayStation 3 for the local market, see full statement below.
Update Mighty Ape Games have subsequently removed the Facebook post (which is why it is no longer viewable on this article). It would appear that someone has let this slip before Sony was ready to publicly acknowledge the discontinuation.
Whenever a new console is released it signals a death sentence for its predecessor. With the PS4 approaching it’s 2nd birthday and showing no signs of sales slowing down it was inevitable that the PS3 would eventually be put to rest. What we didn’t know was when that would occur, today that all changed via a Facebook post from New Zealand’s leading online video game retailer, Mighty Ape games.
Online retailers, who are privy to receiving information before the public, have been caught out in the past for revealing information publicly before they should have and this would appear to another one of those leaks. The (now removed) post on Facebook stated that Sony had confirmed the PS3 had been discountinued in New Zealand. New Zealand is a relatively small market so it would seem strange that New Zealand would be the only country to have the PS3 discontinued, it is more likely that the discontinuation will start to filter around remaining PS3 regions.
PlayStation New Zealand have now confirmed that the PlayStation 3 has been discontinued for the local market. We received a statement direct from PlayStation New Zealand which stated “SCENZ will not be shipping anymore PlayStation 3 consoles to its retailers however the platform is still available in retail outlets throughout NZ and being supported with peripherals, great new releases and back catalogue software.”
Whilst this statement only covers the local market and no statement has been made from PlayStation US or Europe it would seem like the writing is on the wall and other regions are sure to follow. Discontinuing shipping means that once retailers exhaust their stock they will be unable to place any new orders. The result is that it may be some time yet before we no longer see a PS3 in retail outlets.
Having been originally released in 2006, the PS3 will not quite live long enough to celebrate its 10th birthday in store, although it will no doubt still receive plenty of play time from fans with some of the biggest games in Sony history appearing on PS4. Let’s not forget the now iconic franchise, Uncharted starring the heroic theif, Nathan Drake was born on the PS3.
With the end or an era now upon us the future will continue to burn brightly for Sony as the PlayStation 4 continues to dominate sales. All eyes will now be on Microsoft as the Xbox 360 can’t be far away from being pulled from the shelves as well.
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