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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 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
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.:(

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