According to several online reports, Best Buy, one of the biggest retailers in the United States, has decided to pull the 20 GB version of the PlayStation 3 from its shelves. Why? No one in their right mind seemed to buying it, and the lack of demand has caused the retailed to recoup its precious shelf space.
A document [url=http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/17/best-buy-done-with-ps3-20gb/]posted by Joystiq[/url] lists the SKU as “discontinued,” which seems to fall in line with Sony’s earlier statements that the firm is losing more money on the lower end model, $307 versus $241 with each sale of the 60GB variety. However, despite this, Sony still plans to make the stripped down model, which features not only a smaller hard drive but also lacks the 60GB version’s 802.11b/g wireless networking capabilities and MemoryStick/Secure Digital/CompactFlash reader, though reports seem to indicate that retails are simply not biting.
[url=http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/14/rumor-debunk-no-more-u-s-20gb-ps3-and-euro-backward-compatibil]Recent statements[/url] from SCEA communications director Dave Karraker to Joystiq indicated that retail outlets have been ordering the 60GB version and leaving the 20GB variety largely ignored. “Retailers have been requesting the 60GB model, the mix has been about 80 percent 60GB, 20 percent 20GB retailer orders. So, the reason you might not be seeing the 20 GB is simply that retailers have been ordering more of the 60 GB unit,” commented Karraker.