Sony Computer Entertainment America said on Wednesday that it would cease to ship the relatively affordable version of the PlayStation 3 game console into North American stores, as the demand towards the part was ten times lower compared to the more expensive flavour of the PS3.
Originally Sony released two versions of its game consoles in the USA and Japan in November, 2007, which cost about $499 and $599. While technologically the gaming machines were similar, the more affordable version contained 20GB hard disk drive (HDD), whereas the more advanced second one featured 60GB HDD, memory card reader and built-in Wi-Fi adapter. The lower-end one allowed customers in budget to play PlayStation 3 games, however, according to Sony, its clients still preffered the most advanced version of the console.
“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. […] Based on retailer and consumer feedback, we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model,” said Dave Karraker of Sony America said in an interview with Joystiq web-site. Read the rest of this entry »