Sony US yanks 20GB PlayStation 3
Demand for 'budget' console too small
It's official: Sony has canned the 20GB PlayStation 3, a version of the console never seen in the UK, Europe and PAL territories, but released in the US and Japan.
The 20GB model's status in Sony's home nation remains uncertain, but in North America, we can say it's history.
"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," Sony Computer Entertainment America's head of spin, Dave Karraker, told wesbite DailyTech.
"Initial retail demand in North America was upwards of 90 per cent in favour of the 60GB [version], so we manufactured and shipped-in accordingly," he added.
It's worth recalling the 20GB PS3 not only contained less storage space than its pricier sibling, but also lacked the 60GB model's memory card slots and Wi-Fi connectivity. Sony offered the 20GB model as a 'budget' version designed to attract buyers put off by the full-feature version's high price. It certainly looks like North American consumers have largely opted for the 60GB model in any case, but it's nonetheless telling that, in the UK at least, anecdotal evidence suggests the 60GB model's price is a disincentive for many would-be PS3 owners.
No it isn't.
"Remember 50% increase on 1 sale is 2 sales" ?
No it isn't.
A 50% increase on 1 sale would be 1.5 sales.
A 100% increase on 1 sale is 2 sales.
A 50% decrease on 2 sales would be 1 sale.
BD Sales fiasco.
To the poster who claims BD is outselling HD DVD, you do realise the Blu-ray association include titles bundled with PS3 in the US, so to prove BD is outselling, (notice the word SELLING) a movie that it is GIVING away for free with 500,000 PS3 consoles these are somehow classed as sales.
People are not actively going out and buying those disks so how is that proof of demand.
PSP UMD sales are superior to Video CD sales in the US & UK but no one will say UMD is new standard and Video CD is the looser. Neither is a contender for world domination.
Remember 50% increase on 1 sale is 2 sales, whenever percentages are used then you know sales are not strong, whenever freebies are counted as sales again sales are not strong.
Re; What about choice
What I am doing, is stating that if you want to mould the Xbox 360 into the same kind of hardware available by spending money on a PS3, then it'll cost you more.
Of course you don't have to buy those add ons, but to get a console of similar capability, then you pay extra.
That being the case, you get what you pay for and the 360, when having these 'add-ons' doesn't seem quite the 'easy choice' its made out to be.
I'm not defending the pricing, merely pointing out the differences and what you'd have to spend to get something similar from Microsoft.........