In response to our earlier reports of the increasing
market rarity of the 20GB PlayStation 3, Sony Computer Entertainment of
America has officially confirmed with DailyTech
that the less expensive variant of its console will no longer be offered in
“At launch, we offered two separate models of PLAYSTATION
3 to meet the diverse needs and interests
of our PlayStation fan base,” explained Dave Karraker, senior director of
corporate communications for SCEA. “Initial retail demand in North America was
upwards of ninety percent in favor of the 60GB sku, so we manufactured and
“Due to the overwhelming demand for the 60GB model from both
retailers and consumers, we have ceased offering the 20GB model here in North
America,” Karraker confirmed.
Even before launch, it was estimated that the 60GB would be
the preferred version of the PlayStation 3. Original shipment ratios were 80 percent 60GB and 20
percent 20GB, but with the larger HDD version outselling the 20GB model 10
to one, Sony may have decided that it would be more effective or efficient to
concentrate its production capacity to a single model.
“In addition to the larger internal hard drive, the 60GB
PlayStation 3 features added storage media slots and built-in Wi-Fi not found
in the 20GB system,” added Karraker. “Based on retailer and consumer feedback,
we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model.”
It would be reasonable to expect that any remaining stock of
20GB consoles on the market is the last of its kind. Thankfully, the 20GB PS3
has the same basic feature set as the 60GB model, making it equally capable and
compatible with both games and Blu-ray movies – and every model made is assured
to have the EE+GS PS2 chip for backwards compatibility. Sony has also indicated
that the 20GB model, while discontinued, will still be supported by software
and services, such as warranty.
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