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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: Don't see why
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/18/2007 8:56:44 PM , Rating: 2
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Wireless? I don't want to use wireless for my gaming, an ethernet chord is the only logical gaming connectivity solution for me, and sure some people will argue, yet I'll get a head shot on y'all while you look pretty with no wires and less bandwidth!

Think about it this way. Most people have their Xbox 360/PS3 in their living room hooked up to the largest TV in the house. I don't know about you, but my router is not in my living room and my house (like many) is not hard wired for Ethernet.

In my case, the router (Linksys Vonage unit) is in the room that has the most computer equipment in it (cable modem, network laser printer, network AIW, central phone system that plugs into the Vonage router, etc.). Everything else in the house is connected wirelessly including my gaming console.


RE: Don't see why
By leexgx on 3/18/2007 9:23:21 PM , Rating: 1
its intresting why users would even get the 20gb model and intresting why user are not considering the 60gb model in here you get 40gb more disk space so that means once you filled that 20gb space up you do need to start removeing stuff of it

you get wireless as well i bet thay probly charge £40($50 in the UK thay probly match it to US price thay make more money out of us) for the wireless addon and the hdd probly be same ish price to the Xbox hhd price

its only $100 or £80 more for that model saves you haveing to mess about getting the wireless later on and an bigger hdd, not that i am buying one any way, maybe an yr or 2


RE: Don't see why
By Farfignewton on 3/19/2007 1:58:35 AM , Rating: 2
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its only $100 or £80 more for that model saves you haveing to mess about getting the wireless later on and an bigger hdd


Believe it or not, some people (even with broadband!) have no interest in online gaming whatsoever, let alone doing it without wires. Didn't Microsoft just announce reaching 6 million subscribers to their online service? While that is quite a few people, how does that compare to the number of consoles they have sold? I suspect it isn't a very high ratio, though I can't be sure since total x-box sales seem to be one of the few things I haven't been able to dig up on google.

As for hard drives, I have yet to be convinced a console requires one, let alone a "bigger" one, though the $40 memory card for the the 360 does make it less appalling.

I for one, have been waiting for my local Best Buy to stock one of those 20GB unicorns.:(


RE: Don't see why
By ShapeGSX on 3/18/2007 10:35:08 PM , Rating: 3
My cable modem is right under the TV. Why? Because it needs cable, just like the TV does. My Media PC is right there, too. So is my XBox 360. And so is my Vonage box. And all of that is hooked up to my router. My other PC is across the room, and hooked up via ethernet through the floor to the basement.

The only time I ever use wireless is when I use my laptop, because I need wireless for the mobility. Wired is just so much more reliable and so much faster. Screw wireless. It especially sucks when you have more than one wireless device competing for your router's bandwidth. Bleah.


RE: Don't see why
By otispunkmeyer on 3/19/2007 4:24:35 AM , Rating: 2
wireless for me, isnt terribly reliable, so i always stick with wired where i can. the walls are too thick in my house to make WiFi that useful.

those plug socket things that route t'interweb through your houses wiring are a good bet too, though they are quite expensive.

in my room my 360 is hooked up with ethernet, and my PC, which i only use for web+email is hooked up with a USB wifi adapter that came with my router. its not the best, but it does the job.


RE: Don't see why
By aos007 on 3/19/2007 11:39:16 AM , Rating: 2
What do you mean your router is not in your living room? My ADSL modem, router and separate wireless router for my laptop (simultaneous wireless+wired is a recipe for instability on any consumer router) are all behind my TV, just a few feet from HTPC, Xbox360 and PS3. A separate gigabit switch and all other computer equipment are in my den. With 15+ wireless networks in range, as everyone and their dog is using wireless now, not to mention Bluetooth, relying on wireless for your connectivity is going to make your life miserable. I have my drawers full of various wireless cards and I went through several wireless routers as well... It's slow and unreliable and it only gets rid of a few wires. Not to mention that not all OSes I use support WPA2.


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