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Sony Officially Discontinues 20Gb PS3 Model

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT

Sony officially announced that it will no longer offer two editions of the PS3, doing away with the 20Gb model, mainly due to low demand, and only offer the high end $599 60Gb model. Read more for the official statement...

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.

The lower end $499 model never went on sale in Europe, and there is no official word whether Japan will follow suit or not. The 20Gb model was already removed from the official Playstation site earlier this week.

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