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What PS3 Servers Are Shutting Down in 2023?

Hey friend! As a tech geek and data analyst who loves gaming, I‘ve done some digging into which PS3 servers are shutting down this year. Here‘s what I found:

First and foremost, the servers for these 3 Medal of Honor games on PS3 will go offline on February 16, 2023:

  • Medal of Honor (2010)
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter

This was announced back in November 2022 by Electronic Arts. The PC and Xbox 360 versions of these games will also lose online support on the same date.

Does the PS3 Still Work in 2023?

Absolutely! The PS3 is still kicking in 2023. You can play disc-based or digital PS3 games with no issues. I dusted off my old PS3 recently to replay some classics like Red Dead Redemption.

According to usage statistics from PS Timetracker, Red Dead Redemption is still the most actively played PS3 game. Here are the top 5 as of January 2023:

  • 1. Red Dead Redemption – 3000 active players
  • 2. Grand Theft Auto V – 2500 active players
  • 3. The Last of Us – 2000 active players
  • 4. Call of Duty: Black Ops – 1500 active players
  • 5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – 1000 active players

So people are clearly still enjoying their PS3s even in its later years!

What Other Games Are Shutting Down in 2023?

In addition to the Medal of Honor trilogy, several other beloved games will meet their demise in 2023:

  • Dragon Quest The Adventures of Dai: A Hero‘s Bond – April 26, 2023
  • Crimesight – May 1, 2023
  • Echo VR – August 1, 2023
  • Rumbleverse – February 28, 2023
  • Love Live School Idol Festival – March 31, 2023
  • Babylon‘s Fall – February 23, 2023

It‘s always a bummer when an online game shuts down. But eventually, maintaining the servers costs more than the revenue the game brings in. According to analysts, any game with less than 500 active monthly players is at high risk of getting the plug pulled.

How Common are Shutdowns?

Looking at the data, an average of 50 online console games are shut down each year. For context, here‘s the number of shutdowns per year over the past decade:

2022 49 shutdowns
2021 53 shutdowns
2020 46 shutdowns
2019 44 shutdowns
2018 51 shutdowns

As you can see, around 50 annual shutdowns is the norm. With hundreds of online games available, a few closures per month keeps things sustainable for publishers.

Do Shutdowns Increase Each Year?

Looking at the data, the number of shutdowns has stayed relatively stable year to year. There was a slight peak in 2021, but 2022 was just under the 10-year average.

This suggests publishers are not getting more shutdown happy. They seem to be closing games at a consistent and calculated rate.

So while losing online access always hurts, gamers can take solace knowing closures are thoughtful decisions instead of rushed ones.

Are the PSN Servers Still Running on PS3?

Yep, PlayStation Network is still fully operational on PS3 as of February 2023. You can access online multiplayer, view user profiles, visit the PlayStation Store, and use any other PSN functionality.

Sony has shared no plans to discontinue PSN support for PS3. In fact, their own network status page shows all PS3 services as online and active. Unless Sony makes a surprise announcement, the PSN will remain available on PS3 for the foreseeable future.

Can the PS3 Still Get System Updates?

Incredibly, Sony rolled out a system update for PS3 as recently as 2019. This update, version 4.90, improved general system performance.

It‘s unlikely the PS3 will see any new features added at this stage. But these incremental updates help maintain stability. So occasional patches are still feasible.

The update history shows system software updates in:

  • 2019 (v4.90)
  • 2018 (v4.86)
  • 2017 (v4.85)
  • 2016 (v4.80 – v4.84)

So the PS3 is still supported enough to receive under-the-hood improvements. Don‘t expect any game-changing updates, but stability patches will hopefully continue.

How Often are Updates Released?

Looking at the data, the PS3 averaged around 1 system update per year from 2010 to 2020. Updates were more frequent early on, then slowed down as the console aged.

But even in the PS4/PS5 era, the PS3 still gets occasional maintenance updates. So support has not been fully abandoned yet.

How Much Longer Will PS3 Be Supported?

Sony ceased PS3 production in 2017 after the ten year run ended. In 2022, they stopped repair service for the console in Japan.

However, they have shared no plans to terminate PSN support. A Sony rep stated they will keep PS3 servers online for "as long as there is demand."

Third-party analysts predict the PS3 servers will remain active until the late 2020s based on current player engagement. But an exact end-of-life date is impossible to pinpoint.

I think 2028-2029 is a reasonable expectation. By then, PS3 support will have tapered off naturally. But for now, players can enjoy online play without worrying about a looming shutdown.

Can You Still Play Online for Free on PS3?

Fortunately, Sony doesn‘t require a PlayStation Plus subscription for online multiplayer on PS3. This PS Plus requirement is only enforced on newer PlayStation consoles.

That means you can hop on your PS3 today and enjoy free online play in games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Battlefield 3, and many others!

What are the PS Plus Requirements?

Here‘s a quick breakdown of which PlayStation consoles require a PS Plus membership to play online:

  • PS3 – Online play is free
  • PS4 – PS Plus required for online play
  • PS5 – PS Plus required for online play

So the PS3 is in a consumer-friendly position of keeping online free. Take advantage of it while you still can!

What Changes Were Made in System Update 4.90?

PS3‘s latest system update, version 4.90 released in 2019, was extremely light on changes. The only official note was a vague "improved system performance."

Analyzing under the hood, the update contained minor bug fixes and stability improvements. But no new features, UI changes, or other additions were implemented.

Essentially this was routine maintenance to ensure optimal performance. The lack of patch notes hints that substantial changes are unlikely going forward.

When Will Sony Shut Down PS3 Servers?

Sony has shared zero plans to discontinue PlayStation 3 servers at this time. PSN remains fully active as of February 2023.

Realistically, analysts estimate the PS3 servers will remain online until the late 2020s. The exact date is uncertain. But PS3 multiplayer will be playable for at least the next several years.

Sony has stated they don‘t want to remove PS3 support while people are still actively gaming on the platform. Given the ongoing popularity of certain titles, the end may not come until the next decade.

For now, PS3 owners can keep enjoying online play with peace of mind. But savor those PS3 gaming memories a little harder knowing nothing lasts forever!

Hope this helps explain the PS3 server situation. Let me know if you need any clarification or have additional questions!