20 GB PS3 Killed!?!?
  • After the $499 edition of the next-gen console is removed from the Sony Style Web site, Sony confirms the console is being phased out.

    This week, speculation spiked that the 20GB version of the PlayStation 3 was on its way out. It came after the official Sony Style online store removed the "basic" model of the PlayStation 3 from its Web site. Today, the US online stores of Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop, EB Games, and Circuit City were also longer listing the 20GB model, which retails for $499.


    [UPDATE] As it turns out, there was a good reason for the 20GB PS3 vanishing--it's being officially phased out. "Initial retail demand in North America was upwards of 90 percent in favor of the 60GB [PS3], so we manufactured and shipped-in accordingly," said Dave Karraker, Sony Computer Entertainment America's senior director of PR. "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." The 60GB model retails for $599 in the US.


    The 20GB model of the console has a number of differences from the 60GB version aside from the size of the internal hard drive and lower price. These include the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity, multiple flash memory card readers, and chrome trim. "Based on retailer and consumer feedback, we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model," Karraker told GameSpot.


    The discontinuation of the 20GB PS3 in North America also throws doubt over the model's launch in Europe, Australia, and other territories, where currently only the 60GB version is available. The budget version was originally expected to arrive sometime in the "summer," although no hard date was ever set. "We'll continue to monitor demand for the 20GB model, from a consumer and retailer perspective...which will be factored into any future Euro launch plans," a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson told GameSpot UK. Both versions of the PS3 will continue to be available in Japan.



    Oh my gosh. What the crud? It just launched. What is Sony doing to us? Where am I? Who the heck... what the cr... :confused::rolleyes::confused::huh:
  • Somehow I'm not surprised- they had been getting harder to find all the time and most people were going for the 60 GB version anyway (even if it was just for the shiny bit around the disc tray :huh: ).

    Hmm... gets me thinking i could maybe now sell off the 20 GB i have here as a "collector's item" and use the cash to get a 60 GB (nah- i'm content with it).
  • Lyndon M STAFF said:
    Somehow I'm not surprised- they had been getting harder to find all the time and most people were going for the 60 GB version anyway (even if it was just for the shiny bit around the disc tray :huh: ).

    Hmm... gets me thinking i could maybe now sell off the 20 GB i have here as a "collector's item" and use the cash to get a 60 GB (nah- i'm content with it).


    I have the 60 GB edition, but that doesn't matter, this story bothered me. I just feel like Sony is taking a major hit by killing off something they worked so hard to release. It's just amazing how much money was blown in the process.

    Another reason this worries me is because it all happened so fast. I had no idea that the 20 GB version was on its way out, and just stumbled on the news story last night. I am worried that Sony could drop bombshells like this with no notice more in the future. Bombshells of this kind are not welcome by anyone. Bombshells like Playstation Home are welcome though... still waiting on that flippin' beta...

    It's just unfortunate that they had to go this route with it. :eek:
  • To be honest, I would have preferred they had never went with the two models to begin with (especially after berating Microsoft for doing exactly the same thing with the 360). All it really did was confuse some people who are less informed on video games. As mentioned in the articles the majority were more interested in the 60 Gb unit (by about a 10:1 ratio going by another source).

    Not a biggie for those of us with them now-if we have a malfunction and have to send back we'd likely get a 60 GB as replacement at no cost if within warranty.
  • now it'll be six years before i get my first PS3 :redface:
  • sombulus said:
    now it'll be six years before i get my first PS3 :redface:


    :laugh:

    I'm sorry to hear that. Well... I guess you could start entering some contests online :) You never know sombulus...