Sony Will Cease Service for the Last PS3 Model in Japan

The official PS3 repair service will soon be a thing of the past in Japan. Sony Interactive Entertainment will cease accepting after-sales services for the last available PlayStation 3 CECH-4300 models. It will also stop repairing any peripheral accessories related to the console. The company made this announcement through its Japanese Ask PlayStation Twitter account.

On the Japanese important notice web page, Sony set April 30, 2022 as the general deadline for accepting repairs of the “super slim” PS3 and its accessories. Those who have made prior reservations will have an extra week to deliver the products until May 7, 2022. However, the company may also stop accepting orders earlier if it runs out of spare parts.

Sony has been gradually phasing out services related to the PS3 and PlayStation Vita. In October 2021, it removed the credit card, debit card, and PayPal payment methods from the old platform storefronts. While Sony also considered shutting down the PS3 and Vita digital stores entirely, it later decided to keep the stores open for the foreseeable future after receiving user feedback. All earlier PS3 models, including the larger original model and the slimmer mid-size variant, are already ineligible for official repairs.

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CECH-4300 is the last PlayStation 3 model series made by Sony. It launched the “super slim” console in August 2014. When the company ended its production and shipments in May 2017, it also marked the overall discontinuation of all PlayStation 3 production.

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