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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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RE: Seriously.
By BladeVenom on 3/18/2007 6:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
Put more simply, "Go Wii."


RE: Seriously.
By AlexWade on 3/18/07, Rating: -1
RE: Seriously.
By Chaser on 3/18/2007 9:14:21 PM , Rating: 3
Once again we have yet another global marketing genius reading the Eulogy on the PS3. Why? because surely if he can't afford one then everyone else can't so its bound to fail?

"Best Buy is now just resorting to stocking the machine just because they have to?"

I didn't know Sony had control over Best Buy's floor space.

By the way. Get a clue.


RE: Seriously.
By themadmilkman on 3/18/2007 10:24:59 PM , Rating: 3
Sony CAN have complete control over Best Buy's floor space, if they choose to pay for it.


RE: Seriously.
By Chaser on 3/19/2007 8:56:13 AM , Rating: 2
If this article has any truth to it then its pretty obvious they aren't genius.


RE: Seriously.
By someguy123 on 3/18/2007 9:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
i think sony went TOO "long term" with the ps3. they tried to create a system that would last as long as the ps2 but it just isn't possible with microsoft and nintendo's current competition. the only reason the ps2 lasted so long was because better (technology wise) systems like the gcube and xbox lacked in software and had nothing like they have now. now sony has to compete with microsoft's amazing online setup and nintendo's free roaming (and cheap) controller system.

there is no way microsoft and nintendo will allow sony to ease into finally being able to make a profit off their system AND stay in with large market share.


RE: Seriously.
By ViperROhb34 on 3/19/2007 10:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
You're one of the few thinking here.

You're right. When MS AND Nintendo release new Next Gen consoles in 5yrs.. I wonder how many deep thinking people who understand what processors will exist in just 3-4yrs ( could be even tmr - but Im also talking at a much lower price point for wide spread console use ) will be around to kick so much ass.. there is no way Sony could afford to try and make PS3 last 10yrs.. lol..


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