April 11, 2007
Breaking News: Sony Discontinues PS3’s 20GB Model
Sony has officially announced that they will discontinue selling the $499 20GB PlayStation 3 model. Retail stores online and offline have already stopped selling the 20GB model, including Sony’s own SonyStyle e-tailer.
“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” said Dave Karraker, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications at SCEA.
The 20GB models that are still available at select retail stores will continue to sell for $499. If you were to purchase a 20GB PlayStation 3 in the future don’t worry as it will still be “100% supported with software and services, since all PS3s have the same basic architecture (unlike if MSFT were to stop selling their Core system, which would allow publishers to actually use their hard drive for gaming purposes, leaving the Core user out in the cold),” said Karraker.