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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: im just curious
By Goty on 3/19/2007 2:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly the argument everyone needs to consider (at least the first part). If you want a console and nothing else, then the 360 is the machine for you. If you want a console that will fit into a home theater setup and actually function very well as both a console and a Blu-Ray player, then the PS3 is the better choice.

RE: im just curious
By Hawkido on 3/23/2007 6:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Here's one more argument...

You want a game system to play Final Fantasy XIII.
Every game system that has a Final Fantasy (Pick-a-Number game, not the crappy off shoot games) was successful. Period, end of argument. If you like Sports and FPS only then the XBox 360 is a great machine, full of all the goodness you could want. FFXIII won't be released till 2008 i hear but I will wait, by then the console should be cheaper.

But of the Loads of people that you say don't care about HD right now, well they just sealed the deal on who wins the HD Video Format war. Blu-Ray will win.

Here's why, all in all the PS3 is cheaper/easier to be a HD Video player. The XBox requires an attachment (at what $300-$400). Game Consoles are notoriously unforgiving of add-on components. If you want to add components to your game system then a PC is what you want.

So when people do decide to care about HD Video the PS3 owners will already be set and may even have a title or two under their belt. The Xbox owners will still have to buy the Add-On or buy a seperate box. Remember, no one cared about DVD for years. But once they decided to care, Everyone was playing DVD's on their game platforms.
THE PS3 IS VERY LATE to the table. But as was stated, no one cares about the HD Video Format yet. So they did make it to the table in time. Plus they actually were first to the table as a Game system with HD Video, and it is integrated, so no need to buy an add-on (which almost no one ever will)
If you turn around and say "'Course they will!" then you are contradicting the statements that no one wants to play HD Movies on their game platforms. Sony is stupid for over reaching their goals, delaying launch, and over pricing their system. However as much as Blu-Ray is to blame for all of the above, it was the smartest thing they could have done. It is the one true redeming value to the game system.

As to Storage capacity not being fully used on the BRD. Find me a game developer who wants to go backwards in storage? Find me anyone who says "Oh, that's too much storage/RAM/Monitor size/Bandwidth!" There isn't anyone who will honestly say that. Unless they are blind to the future. Now, most of us may say the above followed immediatly by "for the insane money it will cost me!" But all of us will agree more is better, and we will dream about it even if we cannot afford it.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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