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.
quote: Or perhaps the LACK of a backlash is telling Sony people don't really care about BC at all.After all, if they have PS2 games, it is logical to assume they have a PS2 to play them on.
quote: BC for me has turned out to be a marketing hype, a check-box so to speak that Sony had to include to compete with the 360.
quote: Yeah, you would, wouldn't you?But then again, let's remember something:This is the same company that was so paranoid about you ripping their CDs that they were willing to create a security risk on your computer, lied after said risk was found, and when it was proven, hemmed and hawed about telling you how to get rid of it.This is the same company that tried to get over on people at a trade show where they allegedly showed off Blu-Ray on a laptop...using a regular DVD+R. And ten-to-one it wasn't encoded like a Blu-Ray disc would be; it was probably garden-variety SD DVD.And you expect good sense from these people?As far as I'm concerned, "It's a Sony" is more of a reason to stay away, not to buy it.That totally tears it. I was looking at getting a PS3 80GB and a PS2 or a 60GB (if I could find it) PS3, but I think I'll stick with Vista for the time being (and I hate Vista), because XBox 360 seems to be just as screwy as the PS3. And there's no way in Hell you will even get me to consider a Wii. They probably made more games for the Amiga in its entire lifetime than have come out for the Wii this year.
quote: You'd think the backlash from the crippled BC for the 80GB version and the lack of it for the 40GB version of the PS3 would have been enough to tell Sony that users WANT BC.
quote: You'd think the backlash from the crippled BC for the 80GB version and the lack of it for the 40GB version of the PS3 would have been enough to tell Sony that users WANT BC. How stupid can they honestly be to now stop offering the only model left with some semblance of BC?!
quote: 4 USB ports are a bit overboard IMO, but not stupid overboard
quote: That (PS3) sits in the home theater system, mainly to play Blu-ray, watch photo slide shows, and occasional gaming when the grandkids visit.