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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 phil verhey on 3/19/2007 3:01:30 PM , Rating: 1
personally i dont know why anyone would ever buy a PS3..
lets see.. i can walk into futurshop today and buy:

PS3 ............$699
2x games... $140
total =.........$839

Xbox360 20gb premium 2months gold COD3 and NHL 2k7 (which can be exchanged for any two games after purchase)
Wii with wii sports.....$279
Wii or 360 game......... $59
grand total................$837

wow i can get a 360 and a Wii, plus 3 games for two dollars cheaper than a PS3... that's a hard choice.
.. i used the 60gb version of the PS3 in this example even though a better choice would have been the 20gb, but futureshop doesn't sell it.. and neither do most retailers. (all prices are canadian$)

RE: Don't see why
By Visual on 3/20/2007 6:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
well that is because you've already decided to be anti-ps3.
ps3 has bluray playback which is enough of a reason to buy it, even if you never play a game on it.
it supports running linux, and that's a good reason for me too. i can't wait to try how cell works as a pc.
as a reason for gamers that don't care for the more geeky aspects of it, there are the ps-exclusive titles. think whatever you want, but there are people that will buy a ps3 for these games even if they already own a 360 and a wii.

then, there is the point of the whole nonsensical nature of your calculations. the fact that you priced ps3 games each $10 above the xbox/wii variant for no obvious reason aside, you only consider 2-3 games, and if someone buys a console for just that i'd call them crazy no matter if it was xbox or wii or ps3. over time most people will have dozens or games, at a total cost way above any price difference in the consoles themselves. that's why such a price difference isn't really important.

what is important is the quality of the games, and not just the launch titles but the future potential too. ps3 has the other consoles beat at least in some aspects here. namely the large capacity optical drive, but some minor differences too - integrated bluetooth, integrated wifi instead of separate adapter, 7 controllers instead of 4, 6 usb ports instead of 3, larger by default standard (and user-replaceable) 2.5" hdd instead of the one with customized connectors of xbox. these are all pretty insignificant by each other, but they add up.

i don't know if it has 2 hdmi outputs as it was hyped at first... if so, thats a great feature too, even if current games don't make good use of it.

oh, and you have the LIVE subscription vs sony's free service.

if you still "dont know why anyone would ever buy a PS3", you are beyond help....

RE: Don't see why
By ViperROhb34 on 3/20/2007 9:58:13 AM , Rating: 2
Theres nothin wrong with being anti- Sony, but if someone doesnt want BLuray and wont pay the extra money because they want games only that doesn't exactly mkae them Anti Sony.

Case and point.. I have many Sony products a camera.. DVD player..Tv.. and a PS2.. but I'm not a PS3 fan.. and I dont want one.

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