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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 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.

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