Sony's Japanese PlayStation website shows that shipments of the 500GB standard model have now ended, it was also the last model that was still being produced in the country. The end of summer is marked by the flood of free games from Sony for PlayStation Plus Subscribers.
For now, it's time to say goodbye to the PS3 in Japan. It certainly does not mean the existing installation base is no longer supported, but it does bring the PS3's run to an end after 11 years.
The PlayStation 3 has had a very interesting history following its release in Japan on November 11th, 2006 and North American launch on November 17th.
Not a bad slate of free games.
May has proved different, however, with several leaks springing up, confirming the official PS4 Games included in the roster. Both are available via Cross Buy with PS4. As far as the titles for the Vita are concerned, Sony has already confirmed the arrival of some new games including Kung Fury: Street Rage, Plantera, Spellspire and Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. Ah, but the patch does do a bit more than Sony has let on.
Here comes the end card for the production of PlayStation 3. Changes to the PlayStation Plus icon is also visible, but you'll need to train your eyes considerably to notice it. Other reports indicate that it will be shipping close to 18 million units of PS4.
While we don't know what PS3 and PS Vita title have been added, we do know from both an official PlayStation Twitter and YouTube feed that Killing Floor 2 and Life is unusual are included. However, statistics show that PS4 has now managed to sell around 60 million units, so there are big chances that it might soon overtake the previous console.