R.I.P. Playstation 3 20 GB
The decision was made due to the fact that the consumer demand for the 60GB version was 10 to 1. At launch Sony offered two models to meet the different needs of the playstation fan base. But of course the demand was for the 60GB from both retailers and consumers. Me personally I like the look of the 20GB more, but I like the features of the 60 GB.
Nov. 17, 2006 — April 11, 2007
[via PS3 Fanboy]
I remember its first boot up…..its was my first until i sold it and got the sixty gig….I needed the Wi-Fi!!!
The “lack of consumer demand” angle is horrific. Of course there was less demand when most people could not find it. Oh well, you’ve got Microsoft touting sales of Xbox 360 Premium vs. Core when the reason the core sells badly is because of outrageous accessory prices (64MB for $39.99? Is this 1998?). I really miss the last console cycle. At this point PS2 and Xbox were coming up on $199.99 and both had much better games to play. And Nintendo had a system with hardware that wasn’t outdated by six years. UGH.
Doesn’t really matter to me because i bought the 60gb version. I also think that the 60gb version is a much better buy, especially once you look at the 360 and what all of it’s peripherals cost. If you buy a 360 and try to upgrade it and add stuff to it, to even try to compare it to the PS3, you end up paying even more money, plus you would have to pay for repair costs after a couple weeks or months..lol
I love my PS3 !!
I am kind of shocked. As said above by Mike and possibly Darrin (cutoff by ad) that they had the marketing tool of $499. Once people got into the store the salespeople probally explained the difference and people chose the 60GB.
I guess this streamlines their production facilities and keeps their costs down. Oh well I was really hoping for a $399 PS3 sooner rather than later. Now it looks like a lot later.
I never really looked at the 60 GB. The 20 Gig had everything I needed. Wifi and the extra HDD space weren’t really needed.
Oh Well, there are much worst things in life.
I personally think most people simply when presented with the price, had a “why not go big” moment. Its like if you are spending that much, why not spend the extra hundred for the extra space and features? Many are assuming that the 80gb isnt going to be a new SKU, but just a mistake (20 plus 60) and just a filing error. Sony could easily just release a 120 or 200gb hdd, but why bother when any off the shelf 2.5 inch drive will work?
My brother has a 20gb, and although he wanted the 60 at the time (this was when they were scarce) he doesnt mind having the lesser of the systems. Since stuff can be acessed via usb, there isnt much of an issue.
It was a matter of time, there should have never even existed a 20gb version.
The 20 GB was the best deal according to me. The USB on it allow to connect any type of mem card, and the wired network connection is still the best connection for gaming. As one of Sony executive once said, whatever hard disk size they put in the ps3, it will never be enough. Is the 60gb enought ? I don’t think so in the long term. So 100$(cnd) I saved on the PS3 will hopelly get me a decent hdd in 2 years if I really need that extra space.