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Published on April 11th, 2007 | by Daniel David

20GB PS3 finished

It is official, the 20GB PS3 model will cease production in North America and most likely follow suit around the world. Many websites and stores haven’t had the 20GB in stores or listed so this comes as no surprise. If you want a 20GB version you better hurry because after they clear the channel no more will be coming in the future.

Dave Karraker, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications at SCEA, gave the following statement to GameDaily BIZ:

“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.”

Current 20GB owners, according to Karraker, will still be “100% supported with software and services, since all PS3s have the same basic architecture (unlike if MSFT were to stop selling their Core system, which would allow publishers to actually use their hard drive for gaming purposes, leaving the Core user out in the cold).”

I don’t know if I would call these good or bad news. Bad news would be that if you wanted to save an $100 for a PS3 that option is no longer there. Good news is that Sony can focus on just one model which should likely reduce manufacturing cost, along with the 65nm chipset, this could speed up the time for a price drop which a lot of people are waiting for.

Either way, no 20GB PS3 for you.

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