Sony discontinues 20GB PlayStation 3

By Justin Mann on April 11, 2007, 7:01 PM
Follow-up It wasn't too long ago that Sony was denying up and down that the 20GB PlayStation 3 was being discontinued, and that lack of availability was simply due to low demand. They've changed their tune, however, and have now announced that it really is dead. The 20GB model lacked several different features that the more expensive model has, such as WiFi more media slots. Sony decided that, due to low demand (so they say), the cheaper model will no longer be offered:

At launch, we offered two separate models of PLAYSTATION 3 to meet the diverse needs and interests of our PlayStation fan base. Initial retail demand in North America was upwards of ninety percent in favor of the 60GB sku, so we manufactured and shipped-in accordingly. 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. 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. Based on retailer and consumer feedback, we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model.
So anyone looking to get into the PS3 world will now have to sink at least $600 into it. Interestingly enough, the 20GB model was the one most difficult to find in stores – when the 60GB was often overstocked and stores were practically begging people to buy them. Is this really due to “popular demand”, or has Sony decided that the 20GB model was too much of a loss?

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windmill007 said:
They should just discontinue the playstation 3 completely till the price comes down to reality. It was stupid for Sony to include a BluRay drive in the system. They should of made it an add on and dropped the price of the system by $300. Sure I know what they were thinking. We can stop pirating of games on the system with BluRay and make more money but I think they shot themselfs in the foot. I see tons of PlayStation 3's sitting on the shelfs in the stores. Do I see or can I buy a nintendo Wii? Nope! Because they are being scooped up as fast as Nintendo can produce them. I think Sony gets what it deserves!
Supra said:
I picked up a 20GB model at launch mainly because that was all that was available but it was also really all I needed. My router sits right next to it so no need for wireless, didn't need card readers either, I also planned on putting a 100GB+ drive in it. They do need Blu-ray because they expect their console to be a viable platform for the next 10 years unlike their main competition who discontinued their previous console after only 3, this way there will be space to grow into and they wont have to fight with compression.
souljah1 said:
They cant discontinue the cheaper one i mean i'm waiting on the price to fall on that one its way too expensive in jamaica i mean $72000 thats basically one grand US sony's prices are way too high
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