PlayStation 3 20GB is officially no more

First BestBuy, then SonyStyle pulled the plug on the 20GB version PlayStation 3 console. Now, Sony has made it official by scrapping the 20GB PS3 in North America, after claiming consumer and retail demand simply wasn't there in comparison to the 60GB model. Along with a large HDD, the latter also offers built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. Dave Karraker of Sony America states: "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. Based on retailer and consumer feedback, we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model."

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News source: Joystiq

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i knew this would happen eventually. people bought the 60gig cause the 20gig was no where to be found. im sure if they were around theyd sell better than the 60gig's, sony just wants the extra money

Can't say it's a big suprise, although Sony actually makes more money from the 20 GB version. So to say that they wanted more money is wrong.

edit: er, I should say, loses less on the 20GB than the 60 GB.

Actually, you're wrong. I made the same mistake on a thread once and when I looked up the figures Sony actually loses more on the 20Gb version than on the 60Gb.

the 20gig ps3 wouldn't be a bad solution, if they had the abillity to add wireless to the system, which they never released a solution for. the lack of wireless between the systems more than covered the $100 cost difference IMO. the extra 40gig harddrive was irrelevant and the media card reader in the 60gig is like who cares.

somehow i prefered the color on the 20gb sku, i just hate the crome thing on the 60gb model. the same i could say about the core model of x360

Must be nice to be one of those people who bought the model that was made obsolete, what, six months (?) after market introduction...

Now, Sony has made it official by scrapping the 20GB PS3 in North America, after claiming consumer and retail demand simply wasn’t there in comparison to the 60GB model.

I'll reply to Sony's now official comments in exactly the same way I replied to the Sony Style announcement.


There has NEVER been a good supply of 20GB units, there is no way to actually gauge it's demand.

One thing's for sure. Every 20GB model sold out, however, not every 60GB model has sold out - see I can use junk logic just like Sony!

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