For a long, long time, PlayStation fans from all over the world have gathered on the official community forums to discuss the platform they loved. Unfortunately, this is going to end soon.
With a post by PlyStation Support representative Alkaiser-One (spotted by YouTube user 5ypher, via ChrashLanded), Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that the official forums will be closing down.
The community discussion environment will remain on life support until February 27, when the plug will officially be plugged.
The post does not offer explanations of any sorts, being only a couple of lines long, but encouraging fans to instead follow the official PlayStation Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.
“Beginning 27 February, the PlayStation.com forums will no longer be available. We invite you to continue the conversation via PlayStation.Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.”
This may be a sign of times in which older-fashioned forums have lost popularity to newer forms of social media pretty much like newsgroups were replaced by forums back in the day, but it’s certainly sad to see, and the end of an era for the PlayStation community.
Recently, Sony opened the registration for a newsletter dedicated to the upcoming PS5, even if it isn’t “quite ready” to share more details.
Chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki mentioned that for now, it’s very difficult to discuss the price of the hardware, but the company is aiming to achieve a smooth transition to PS5 thanks to the baseline of revenue provided by network services and in particular PlayStation Plus.
We also learned that the PS4 has shipped 108.9 million units as of December 31, 2019, amid predictable slumping sales and profit due to the natural slowdown of the market at the end of the generation. The new console is scheduled to launch in the Holiday season 2020.