This console generation brought with it not only high-definition
graphics, downloadable content, and seamless multiplayer experiences; it also
introduced the concept of selling multiple variations of the same basic
While Microsoft isn’t shy to continually send new retail
Xbox 360 SKUs to stores, Sony appears to be slimming down the choices for those
looking for a PlayStation 3, if internal documents from a big box retailer are
An internal memo intended for Best Buy employees, obtained
Fanboy, informs that the 80GB PS3 is “going closeout.”
The full memo reads, “The 80GB version of the PS3 is going
closeout and won’t be replaced at this time. I will come off the planogram on
Jan. 28. The 60GB version should already be gone from stores. Only the 40GB
version of the PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at this time. This means
that there currently isn’t a version that is PS2 compatible.
“At this time, Sony hasn’t made any announcements about new
If the Best Buy memo is indicative of the retail market in
North America, then Sony could be moving towards a single production design –
at least for now. The only variation between the SKUs in the coming future could
A “ceramic white” PlayStation 3 console has been available
in Japan since last Fall, and according to recent
FCC filings, it could soon be landing in the U.S.
60GB machines are no longer produced for Europe and 20GB and
60GB machines were recently discontinued
in Japan, leaving only the 40GB version.
Although sales numbers of PlayStation 3 consoles are available
every month, Sony does not reveal the split in units between the 80GB and
40GB SKUs. Should the less expensive 40GB model sell significantly better than
the 80GB, Sony may feel that its full attention should be put towards to promoting
the most affordable system.