'PlayStation: The Official Magazine' will see its last issue in December

By on November 7, 2012, 8:30 AM

Future US, the publishing house behind a number of successful magazines over the years including Nintendo Power and Maximum PC, has announced plans to end the long run of PlayStation: The Official Magazine this holiday season. The last issue to roll off the presses will in fact be the 2012 holiday issue, according to Game Informer.

PlayStation: The Official Magazine was originally known as Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. It was published by Ziff Davis Media as a sister publication to Electronic Gaming Monthly. The first issue hit stands in September 1997 and was famous for including a disc with each issue that contained game demos.

That magazine covered hardware and software for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable before being discontinued and replaced with PlayStation: The Official Magazine 10 years later in December 2007.

Ending the PlayStation magazine run is just another sign of the times when you think about it. Print media has been dying for years as the Internet, smartphones and now tablets provide instant news and analysis of new products – all stuff that magazines and newspapers were once responsible for.

In fact, earlier this year, Nintendo of America confirmed that Future US was also ending their run with Nintendo Power magazine in December 2012. That periodical was first published in 1988 and remains one of the longest-running print video game publications. The inaugural issue featured a 20-page spread on Super Mario Bros. 2 as well as an in-depth review of the second quest of The Legend of Zelda.

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Timonius Timonius said:

Yeah, I can see a lot of print Magazines fading away in favour of an electronic counterpart or just disappearing altogether.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I just resubscribed to PC Gaming and GameInformer magazines. Hope they don't bite the bullet.

likedamaster said:

The magazine was always unappealing to me. Game informer and even Xbox Official were much more interesting, with better layouts. ^^ I myself subscribe to those two only now, TomSEA.

RzmmDX said:

Let's face the facts that there is barely anything to write about exclusively since so many games are multi-platform...

Let's see how long does Xbox Official last.

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