Somewhere in the world, a lonely flag waves. The birds soar silently into the air and the wind whips some leaves along the ground and up into the celestial golden gates. It's the end of another console era.
The official Japanese Playstation website has announced that all production on the Playstation 3 will be coming to an end. After being launched in November 2006, it's had a good 10 year run, albeit not as impressive as the PS2's 13 years of life. The only model that has survived this long is the 500GB console, which has still been in circulation three years after the release of the PS4.
More than 80 million PS3 consoles have been sold, with the PS4 already at 50 million. The PS3's era is at an end now though, with the last few shipments being made. So, if you ever planned to get a PS3, even at this late stage, I suggest you head out and put your savings to good use. Once the last consoles leave the shops, there will be none left.
Let us know about your experience with the PS3, or if you will be doing one last dash to get your hands on the console for some reason.
Source: Gematsu; EuroGamer; GameTyrant