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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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It's just low demand
By encryptkeeper on 3/19/2007 10:44:37 AM , Rating: 3
This really isn't a big deal. There's been plenty of other negative news about Sony in the last few months. A rep from Best Buy and a rep from Sony probably just got together and agreed that the 60gb is selling better, which is an advantage for Best Buy, and the 60gb is at a lower loss, which is an advantage for Sony. So they just agreed it'd be in both of their interests for BB to stop carrying the 20. Now, if they stopped carrying it altogether, then THAT would be news. All of you Sony fans out there better hope Sony can at least start making money off the console, or SERIOUS money off software (which probably won't happen either) if you don't want to see your precious PS3 go the way of the Dreamcast.




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