After rumors of the 20GB Playstation 3 model being cancelled, Sony announced that they are no longer selling the $100 cheaper sku. Senior Director of Corporate Communications Dave Karraker explains why.
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.
Dropping the 20GB Playstation 3 probably isn’t going to bother too many people except for the group planning to save $100 on a PS3 purchase and had plans to replace the hard drive with a larger one. Tech savvy aside, if you really are going to spend $499 on a console plunking down an extra $100 for Wi-Fi support, a 3x larger hard drive, a silver stripe and the media slots isn’t that much of a difference right?