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Sony's 20GB PlayStation 3
Best Buy puts 20GB PS3 on the chopping block

A change is in sight when it comes to Sony's PlayStation 3 at Best Buy stores. Sony's PS3 currently comes in two flavors: the $599 USD 60GB version and the $499 USD 20GB version. Both consoles feature a Blu-ray optical drive, but the 60GB version adds 802.11b/g wireless networking and a MemoryStick/Secure Digital/CompactFlash reader for digital camera media.

According to internal Best Buy documents obtained by Joystiq, it looks as though the retailer is no longer going to stock Sony's 20GB PlayStation 3 console. The document lists the 20GB PS3's status as "discontinued."

The writing has been on the wall for the 20GB PS3 for quite some time now. It was revealed back in November that Sony is losing roughly $307 USD for every 20GB PS3 that it sells versus a smaller $241 USD hit for the more expensive 60GB version.

SCEA communications director Dave Karraker also told Joystiq last week that retailers have been overwhelming placing orders for the more expensive 60GB PS3. "Retailers have been requesting the 60GB model, the mix has been about 80 percent 60GB, 20 percent 20GB retailer orders. So, the reason you might not be seeing the 20 GB is simply that retailers have been ordering more of the 60 GB unit," said Karraker.

Sony still plans to make its 20GB PS3 available to retailers who want to sell it, but the number of retailers willing to stock the device may soon be dwindling. If that happens, the price disparity between the 60GB PS3 and the Xbox 360/Nintendo Wii will only grow further.

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Makes you wonder.
By Harkonnen on 3/18/2007 5:56:49 PM , Rating: 1
Makes you wonder why they even put the castrated 20GB version out on the market in the first place.

RE: Makes you wonder.
By BladeVenom on 3/18/2007 6:04:00 PM , Rating: 5
To advertise the lower priced one, and then sell the higher priced model.

RE: Makes you wonder.
By Sureshot324 on 3/18/2007 8:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the only reason they even released to 20gb version is to break the psychological barrier that the ps3 is $200 more expensive than the xbox 360. They didn't want anyone to actually buy the 20gb version, and I suspect the actually percentage of 20gb ps3s is even lower than the claimed 20%.

RE: Makes you wonder.
By Goty on 3/19/2007 2:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
The same thing goes for the "core" 360. The whole idea of releasing two versions of the same system is pretty much stupid. The core 360 is crippled to dramatically in the eyes of MS's own market strategy (that being using Live as a big part of the experience) that it should never have been a consideration.

RE: Makes you wonder.
By darkpaw on 3/20/2007 5:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
The core 360 was a completely gimped joke, the 20gb PS3 is actually the better value for most people.

A lot of people don't need the extras that come with the 60gb PS3, the core 360 was actually missing critical components *ie HDD*.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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