It's official: The 20GB PS3 is dead in North America

Rumors started circulating that Sony’s 20GB PS3 core machine might be discontinued when Sony’s official store pulled the machine from being sold online. Today, it was made official by David Karraker, Director of Corporate Communications at Sony. He said that as far as North America was concerned, the core model will no longer be available for sale. It is expected that the core model will be discontinued worldwide.

"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, (stock units), 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."

Karraker then went on to confirm what many PS3 purchasers have concluded on their own — the core system just wasn’t a good value. "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."

The sudden pulling of the PS3 20GB model must be of serious concern to Sony corporate headquarters as it was sold for $499; a full $100 less than the premium version. The major complaint of those who were refusing to buy a PS3 is based primarily on the argument that it is too expensive. And if a price tag of $100 less doesn’t do the job, Sony execs must be wondering, "How low do we have to price it to be successful?"

Starting at $450 for the 60GB version wouldn’t be a bad start, if you ask us.

[via 1UP]


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