The PlayStation 3 is still knocking around despite turning 15 next year, but it looks like its days might be numbered, with Sony stopping the ability to send and receive messages from other PlayStation formats June 30.
PS3 Messaging Is Getting Toned Down Significantly
So, doe this mean messaging is completely going down the pan? No. PS3 users can still message each other, but you won’t be able to send messages to PS4 or PS Vita users, nor will they be able to send you anything, either.
Chances are not a lot of people are utilising the PS3 to message folk anyway, since the PS4 is already approaching its final few years on the market as it is, let alone taking into consideration how old PS3 as this point.
On a personal note, the last time I remember sending a message on PS3 was nearly a decade ago, when I used to play my mate at Tekken 6. Typically we’d talk about each other’s character after a match, an exchange a healthy dose of smack talk, too. Ah, those were the days!
The PS3 was released back in 2006 in the US and Japan, and arrived in Europe in March 2007. Arriving on the back of the massively successful PS2, the console was plagued by a shortage of must-have games and a hefty price tag at launch, but managed to pick up the pace a few years later.
Nonetheless, the PS3 wasn’t as successful as its predecessor, and ended up selling 87.4 million units worldwide as of 2017. Production ceased in Japan on May 29, 2017.
One feature that PS3 did have that PS4 failed to deliver on was backwards compatibility. The first models were able to play both PS1 and PS2 games, although Sony reduced this in later models such as the PS3 Super Slim to cut costs.