Both the PlayStation 3 console’s and the peripherals’ support is ending shortly, so Sony’s machine is ending its official repairs after more than fifteen years…
“Notice of termination of after-sales service: due to the depletion of parts inventory, we will no longer be able to provide after-sales service for the PlayStation®3 CECH-4300 series main unit and all PlayStation®3 peripherals on April 30, 2022 (Saturday). If you are considering applying for this service, please make your request as soon as possible!” PlayStation Japan’s Twitter account wrote.
They provided a longer post on PlayStation Japan’s support site: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued patronage of our products. After-sales service will be discontinued on Saturday, April 30, 2022, for the PlayStation®3 CECH-4300 series and all PS3 peripherals due to the exhaustion of parts inventory. Customers who wish to have after-sales service for the relevant model should apply for after-sales service through the online repair reception service or PlayStation Customer Support by Saturday, April 30, 2022, and by Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Please send the product to arrive at the PlayStation Clinic. If you wish to send it directly to the PlayStation Clinic without prior application, please send it so that it arrives by Saturday, April 30, 2022. We will not accept applications or arrivals after the day following the above deadline, so if you are considering applying for after-sales service, please request as soon as possible. Please note that repairs may not be possible before the end date due to the exhaustion of parts. We sincerely apologize to customers who are using this product and thank you for your understanding.”
The PlayStation 3 launched in Japan on November 11, 2006. The console has seen two revamps (not just internal changes: such revisions are standard). The PlayStation 3 Slim followed the base version in September 2009, and the PlayStation 3 Super Slim followed in October 2012. This model’s support will soon end in Japan, so it’s the last of the PS3’s mohicans.
But all credit to Sony for sticking with the PlayStation 3 for so long.