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20GB PS3 officially discontinued in North America

[UPDATE] After the $499 edition of the next-gen console is removed from the Sony Style Web site, Sony confirms the console is being phased out.
By Tor Thorsen, Emma Boyes, GameSpot
Posted Apr 11, 2007 4:17 am PT

This week, speculation spiked that the 20GB version of the PlayStation 3 was on its way out. It came after the official Sony Style online store removed the "basic" model of the PlayStation 3 from its Web site. Today, the US online stores of Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop, EB Games, and Circuit City were also longer listing the 20GB model, which retails for $499.

[UPDATE] As it turns out, there was a good reason for the 20GB PS3 vanishing--it's being officially phased out. "Initial retail demand in North America was upwards of 90 percent in favor of the 60GB [PS3], so we manufactured and shipped-in accordingly," said Dave Karraker, Sony Computer Entertainment America's senior director of PR. "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." The 60GB model retails for $599 in the US.

The 20GB model of the console has a number of differences from the 60GB version aside from the size of the internal hard drive and lower price. These include the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity, multiple flash memory card readers, and chrome trim. "Based on retailer and consumer feedback, we have decided to focus our current efforts on the more popular 60GB model," Karraker told GameSpot.

The discontinuation of the 20GB PS3 in North America also throws doubt over the model's launch in Europe, Australia, and other territories, where currently only the 60GB version is available. The budget version was originally expected to arrive sometime in the "summer," although no hard date was ever set. "We'll continue to monitor demand for the 20GB model, from a consumer and retailer perspective...which will be factored into any future Euro launch plans," a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson told GameSpot UK. Both versions of the PS3 will continue to be available in Japan.

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GAMECAMILLER

Hmm, not surprising really. Kinda knew it would happen.

Posted Apr 15, 2007 1:28 am PT
sh4d0wc4st3r

carbon_dioxide I hate sony!!
Buy XBOX 360 guys its the best xD

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quiet YOU

Posted Apr 14, 2007 10:06 pm PT
carbon_dioxide

I hate sony!!
Buy XBOX 360 guys its the best xD

Posted Apr 14, 2007 8:24 pm PT
ukrainemafia

Translation: We want more money and even though our console isn't selling as good as we hoped (Artificial hold out=high demand) we don't want to let people save an extra 100 dollars on something that we don't even have all the bugs worked out on. Might as well get the most money we can.

Because we all know that 20GB is pathetic for space...gotta be 60GB or nothing...hmm didn't realize this was a new computer too. Can I get Vista with that?

Posted Apr 14, 2007 6:42 pm PT
Mausthemighty

� won't buy any of them... Pc FTW!

Posted Apr 14, 2007 5:46 pm PT
elguino3

Who cares the 60 and 20GB models arent really that different and if your going to spend $500-$600 on a ps3 why not buy the better one...xbox sucks

Posted Apr 14, 2007 5:15 pm PT
Seobazz

Sony Suck! Stick with Microsoft !

Posted Apr 14, 2007 3:30 pm PT
Rhubarb9

yeah don't try to sell us another console without chrome trim again Sony
we're loyal to sony for a reason

Posted Apr 14, 2007 11:47 am PT
Built

i wasnt planing to buy da 20 gb either so i dont realy care...
however i do want da sliver one..

Posted Apr 14, 2007 11:09 am PT
TTDog

For the fanboys who are screaming that the PS2 outsold the 360 over the first period of its life you need to remember that the PS2 had no real competition and was also a basic DVD player which not many people had.

This time around there is established competition for the new Sony machine which already has a large range of quality titles and as Blu Ray is still relatively new (and by no means certain to win the format battle against HD-DVD) its not the system seller that the PS2 DVD player was.

As such Sony removes the 20Gb version to either force more cash out of consumers who might want to play games (when some come out that are worth bothering with) or stop those people that do want a Blu Ray playert getting one on the cheap.

Either way, the public are being royally shafted by Sony once again.

Posted Apr 14, 2007 10:40 am PT
TTDog

For the fanboys who are screaming that the PS2 outsold the 360 over the first period of its life you need to remember that the PS2 had no real competition and was also a basic DVD player which not many people had.

This time around there is established competition for the new Sony machine which already has a large range of quality titles and as Blu Ray is still relatively new (and by no means certain to win the format battle against HD-DVD) its not the system seller that the PS2 DVD player was.

As such Sony removes the 20Gb version to either force more cash out of consumers who might want to play games (when some come out that are worth bothering with) or stop those people that do want a Blu Ray playert getting one on the cheap.

Either way, the public are being royally shafted by Sony once again.

Posted Apr 14, 2007 10:39 am PT
lonelygamer360

not good, not good marketing and sales policy by sony, they r making the consumers feel as if sony is still under testing period, they aint sure of their strategies, not even an year since launch of ps3 and they come up with the idea to discontinue the 20gb version, i think more the choices, better for us consumers, moreover the existing 20gb owners will feel disheartened as 20gb now will be called outdated version of ps3. We should understand, these bid companies our simply testing our wallets and patience.

Posted Apr 14, 2007 7:58 am PT
jokr121

hey, ninten5
you're not alone
i was gonna buy the cheaper one too

Posted Apr 14, 2007 7:36 am PT
rocky2k32000

@ jigglesbig. You're not making any point clear cuz microsoft was not right about anything. as far as i'm concerned there's nothing special about anything the elite 360 has to offer. and people still want the 60 gb ps3 wether you like it or not. if you don't want the ps3, stop moaning about it. let people who can and want to afford it get it ! it's their choice. no matter how much people like you moan, people will still want to buy the ps3. even if it's only the 60gb. and i'd rather buy another ps3 than that "elite" thing.

Posted Apr 14, 2007 7:24 am PT
s_king7

Tell you what there are sooo many people complaining about the PS3 as if they UNDERSTAND why Sony done what they did. I have got a GREAT idea instead of complaining go buy a XBOX 360 because you don't seem to UNDERSTAND that once you give the PS3 time it will shine, and when it shines you will have to buy the PS3 but that means you would be spending over $1,000 so you either be patient or go buy a XBOX 360 and stop moaning am being patient its called good manners so got get some for free or go pay for an XBOX 360 and then later pay for a PS3

Posted Apr 14, 2007 5:32 am PT
Jigglesbig

"rocky2k32000

and @ jigglesbig microsoft also ran their mouths with lots of criticisms even before the ps3 got out. so stop trying to be smart about issues you've not even checked on completely. "

I think you're missing my point ENTIRELY. Also, if I wanted to try and be smart, I wouldn't waste my time arguing about games consoles.
I don't care if Microsoft were running their mouths about Sony, because half the time, they were right.
My point is that when the Elite60 was announced, Sony ran their mouths about how you were much better off getting the 20Gb PS3, seeing as it was a far better experience, knowing they were going to discontinue the 20Gb version anyway.
To me, thats completely and utterly stupid. Sony are effectively screwing most people over, as many people have already said they wouldn't get a PS3 now because of its effective price increase, especially since a lot of those people didn't want the bells and whistles of the 60Gb version. This point holds true with the 360. While I think 3 versions is excessive, I think its a smart choice, because at the end of the day, some people can't afford the top choice, and some people just want to play games, so thats why the lower end models exist.
Also, I will be getting a Elite60, because I've been waiting to get one anyway, and I'd rather get the Elite60 than the PS3.

Posted Apr 14, 2007 1:40 am PT
rocky2k32000

i agree with you killa, but BUT. there are also many gamers who want to use the other features on their ps3 consoles. i would love to be able to play my blu ray and dvd movies and make sure i give every feature a good work out, and have a console i can be proud to display. my point it there are also people that want lots of features and expected nothing less from sony's new console. many might be unsatisfied, but many are very well satisfied too. and more are to come.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 8:34 pm PT
devilman539

KronikKilla Your absolutely right about the elites' preformance..no difference form any other model but, 120 gigs and HDMI functionality for 80 extra bucks does answer alot of 360 gamers prayers. I as well as many other 360 owners (all systems actually) use market place ALOT and do need the extra space for movies tv shows music etc.. just cause you ONLY play ps3 doesnt mean you understand the concept of supply and demand. This is not me flaming you because you own a ps3 but because you are contradicting yourself.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 8:16 pm PT
ninten5

o nooo i was going to get the cheap version next year!

Posted Apr 13, 2007 7:56 pm PT
KronikKilla

I got excited for a second... then realized this was bad news. I liked the budget version. I don't use Wi - Fi, I don't need the card readers or the HDMI port, and I was going to upgrade the HDD anyways, so no need for the 60GB. Its a game system, and Sony has turned it into a used car. I don't want the damn bells and whistles that I'll never, ever use. Amd why is everything about the 360 children? Don't worry about the 360, it will be just fine. And you are highly uneduacted if you think that the 360 Elite is more powerful than any other 360. Its a marketing ploy, which for you youngins, means a way for M$ to launch new accessories, and get the hardcore gamers to go out and buy it because it says Elite. Its also for anyone on the fence, because it boasts a HDD twice the size of the PS3, it is also black, and it has an HDMI port. It has nothing to do with "handling" games. The amount of ignorance on these boards boggles my mind sometimes. The PS3 is a theif, not a steal. Removing the budget system is a mistake, because people like myself, who want to play games, and are not "wowed" by a damn card reader and chrome trim, now have no other option but to buy the already over-priced version. I want a $449 edition Sony, no HDD, no Wi-Fi, no crap, just the system, and I'll buy my own HDD.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 7:35 pm PT
eternalcube

rocky2k32000, i understand. However, in my opinion, try new styles of games although they may not look nice... I think people have good memories about the games rather than what they look
People already forgot how beautiful (lets say PS1) graphics was..
Thanks and have fun with your PS3

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:49 pm PT
rocky2k32000

@ eternalcube i totally understand your point and where you are coming from. i already own a ps3 and got mine at launch. and i am getting my money's worth. there are several typs of gamers. you are the one looking for innovative gameplay, i respect that. i on the other hand am looking for better looks and better ways to implement the same wonderful elements that got me excited int the first place. you are talking sense unlike those that just bluntly come in and claim that a company that sold pover a 100 million units of consoles would just die like that. haha that is not even logic. and you many people here are supposed to be wise grown men and they cannot even see that sega dreamcast and ps3 are not the same thing. SEGA was way too early and the world was not ready for something like that. this is a much different time. people are just making noise out of their frustration over the ps3. i still see the benefits and i know over 20 people that have theirs and others that wanna get theirs. people only look at the 1st world communities. if any less ignorant person would look closely he or she would see in continents like africa the playstation is the dominant brand, and people are buying the ps3 nonetheless. the xbox is still the 2nd choice. but people don't really know that. and in asia, the 360 is as popular as fish and chips. with the astounding achievement the playstation brand has made over the few years, i pity the ignorant minds that blant hilariously about what they don't even know. i might not make complete sense, but for a kid, i'm sure i make more reasonable statements than people that just say what they think is true. hahaha

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:34 pm PT
eternalcube

"The Wii is the most overpriced console for what you get tech-wise. And the PS3 is the cheapest for what you get tech wise. The PS3 is a steal, but still too expensive for me."
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right, the PS3 is the cheapest... It is very obvious

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:29 pm PT
pathogenb

"Snes5 Rofl 360 cant even handle most of its games, thats why elite was released. On the contrary the PS3 20gb version can play all games with no slow down."

way off, holmes. try again.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:27 pm PT
rocky2k32000

at A I you have simply shown your pure lack of knowledge in the first place by saying the ps3 is not the most powerful console! that is pure ignorance! even i admitted the xbox was more powerful than the ps2, becuase it was a fact and i knew! you on the other hand saying what you don't even know! talking about the publicc and all. hahaha. sorry but your point is completely pointless in itself. i'm a fan that says what is so. what you're saying is going to change NOTHING at all.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:20 pm PT
eternalcube

rocky2k32000, thank you for your comment.. and ya, there is no difference between wii and gamecube in terms of graphics... actually I seek new gameplay possiblities, so that's why I abandoned PS long time ago. PS may have greater graphics, but nothing new in terms of games.
My advice: stay with your old PS2 (if you have one) and don't waste your money if u didn't get PS3 yet.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:18 pm PT
j0na8aca

The PS3 costs $600? That is supposing I purchase it in the USA. If I purchase one locally from my country then the importation and the taxes would balloon the price to a whopping $1100.

In my country, that would be the tuition of 5 people in state colleges!

I guess living in poorer countries just sucks, or the PS3 is just that expensive.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:15 pm PT
jimbobb23

You can't imagine a PS4? Wow, you have a paucity of imagination of tragic proportions.

The Wii is the most overpriced console for what you get tech-wise. And the PS3 is the cheapest for what you get tech wise. The PS3 is a steal, but still too expensive for me.

Its true, and sad. Now, which will be better overall? Who knows and who will know for 5 years. The single best console right now is a PS2 if you never had one, and if you did probably an XBox. Catch up on those back catalogs and get with the next gen in about a year when the market has matured. The PS3 will have great games, the XBox360 will have great games, the Wii will have fun gimmicky childrens games. Whee!

Posted Apr 13, 2007 6:01 pm PT
TwinTiger

Sony had it all backwards. They should've marketed the 20GB version of the PS3 as the main version instead of as the stripped-down version. Who would want to buy something that lacks important features? It would've been wiser to have the cheaper 20GB model as the main one, with everything you need, and the 60GB model as the "premium" model, with extra features. That way, consumers won't feel forced to buy the more expensive one to get a complete package. If you want to compete with a cheaper console like the Wii, price is a key factor. Instead, Sony tried to justify the high price by cramming Blu-ray down our throats. Hopefully, they can bounce back from yet another PS3 blunder.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:55 pm PT
The_AI

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Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:50 pm PT
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Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:41 pm PT
rocky2k32000

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Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:38 pm PT
Snes5

Rofl 360 cant even handle most of its games, thats why elite was released. On the contrary the PS3 20gb version can play all games with no slow down.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:10 pm PT
eternalcube

I think the 60gb model will be next

Posted Apr 13, 2007 5:05 pm PT
Jigglesbig

The funniest thing is, as soon as I saw this article, I was instantly reminded of what happened two weeks ago, when Microsoft announced the Elite60. Sony immediately criticized Microsoft, claiming that it was far too expensive for what the consumers got, and that for $20 extra, they could get the cheaper PS3 Model, which apparently had more bells and whistles. Now, all of a sudden, Sony announces that the 20gig version is no longer. With that, they immediately lose the credibility they had when criticizing Microsoft, as now, the Elite60 looks far more appealing than a console that has effectively had its price increased.
I just wonder who Sony was trying to fool by criticizing the Elite60 by using the 20gig PS3, and then announcing the discontinuation of the 20 gig PS3 two weeks later?

Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:50 pm PT
koopatroopa1015

If Sony lowers the price of the 60gb model and cuts this one out, they're doing the right thing. Their 20gb is selling terribly, cutting it out will save them money. And if they lower the price of the 60gb model, more people will be attracted to it and that will be good.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:44 pm PT
jmrwacko

You know, a decent PC can play the same quality games as a PS3, you can surf the internet on it, and you don't need to break your thumbs to get headshots. Plus, they don't get recalled and nobody is trying to gyp you by selling you a slightly cheaper gaming console with half the ordinary features.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:13 pm PT
mamoru

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Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:08 pm PT
rocky2k32000

hahaha! people are just jealous cuz they don't have enough money to afford the superior console(ps3) GO SONY! afterall people will still buy the 60gb eventually. NO ONE REALLY WANTS THE INFERIOR 20GB.......well atleast no normal person. playstation owners will always have the elite technological experience! hahaha another dreamcast? what a dream! it can never happen. microsoft is already afraid. afterall i read it in the official 360 magazine just before ps3's UK launch about sony's dominance . obviously. hahaha. as many people are saying they will never buy it! IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE! BLAH BLAH! people are getting it even as i'm typing! haha

Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:02 pm PT
xJackelx

"3. Microsoft has stated more than once that thew will support whatever format brings in more money meaning: Blueray and hd-dvd will both be supported in the future and Microsoft has done something sony hasn't...they give you a choice! theres no "You HAVE to buy a system with bluray or hd-dvd!" you get to buy them separate if you want...sony never gave me a choice..."



You made a point to say that the 360 can do 1080p w/o HDMI, then state that 1080p isn't convenent because most people can't afford 1080p TV's? Don't imply you know what "most people" can and can't afford. The only choice MS gave you was pay to play online or sit alone and cry about it.
As for the iPTV, as far as I know, you'll need to have AT&T as your provider, and it will cost you another monthly fee. And if you don't have the elite, you would need another set-top box regardless. **** the Intellivision launched at $300... in 1980 for pete sake..with the add-ons it was $700...$300-$600 in this day and age...not a bad price by comparison.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 4:01 pm PT
devilman539

sabrewulf1880

1. The 360 can get 1080p without HDMI...with the VGA cable but they added the HDMI to make it more convenient (no extra audio to worry about) and you can use it on most lcd, dlp and plasma tv's unless their ancient. And the 360 upscales normal dvds to 480p (bet you didnt know that)

2. Game resolution has nothing to do with storage capacity or the ammount of algorythms required to make a game. The actual code and resizing to 1080p is done by a seperate processor the 360 has (ps3 does'nt..uses firmware) and its more conveniant to make a game at 720p with the option to resize to 1080p because not many people can afford 1080p tv's and 720p tvs' are becomming alot more inexpensive and accesible.

3. Microsoft has stated more than once that thew will support whatever format brings in more money meaning: Blueray and hd-dvd will both be supported in the future and Microsoft has done something sony hasn't...they give you a choice! theres no "You HAVE to buy a system with bluray or hd-dvd!" you get to buy them separate if you want...sony never gave me a choice...

4. Last but not least the HDD, yes you will use the extra space...anyone who actually owns a 360 can agree all those movies and demos and downloadable content (patches, gamer pics, dashboard themes) all take up alot of room. My 20 gig is already full and I was considering getting a new one for IPTV which will be a supported option on the elite. the reason your friend with the ps3 isnt full yet is because ps3 doesnt have anywhere near the online service that the 360 market place does. (did you know you could download movies, music and tv shows from market place as it is?) 120 gigs for 80 extra bucks than a premium bundle is a steal especially since its still cheaper than the 20 gig ps3 (I wonder why they discontinued it??) probably because they cant afford the costs anymore and the elite is like adding another insult to the injury inflicted on sony fans.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 3:32 pm PT
johnrkinsey1

This is great news!!!!
My 20GB system might make me rich!!
I have archived tons of articles from Sony stating that they will support the 20GB and the 60 GB equally. If that changes, I will gladly go to a few friends (Yes, legal representatives) and request adequate compensation (tons of cash) for false advertisement (lying to the public). Thank you, Sony
Thank you.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 3:04 pm PT
brad_d

Finally. Let MS follow suit and drop their core garbage. It was a dumb business move. Now they have 3 SKUs (when Elite comes out). Just bury it already.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 3:01 pm PT
jeebs213

that's because anyone stupid enough to buy a ps3 right now (with its lackluster game list) is probably too loaded to care about an extra $100 in the first place. Sony is cutting itself off from more budget-concious gamers who might have been planning on getting the $500 version a little while down the line.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 2:59 pm PT
Quicksilverpr

Wow,sony for real the arrogant and confident.look at now,im a big fan of sony products,but this is uufffffffff i dont have any word for that... im so sorry but no playstation for me any more,microsoft u are welcome in my apartment soon. and please SEGAAAAA make a COME BACK!!!!!

Posted Apr 13, 2007 2:50 pm PT
jcam432002

Did the sony rep say anything about when the PS3's would stop gathering dust at local retailers? Oh no. That's right. They would have to acknowledge that first.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 2:19 pm PT
gamemasta771

I think the ps 3 will soon become another SEGA dreamcast.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 1:39 pm PT
kornopolis

A few years ago I dont think I could ever picture this happening, paying $400-$600 dollars for cosoles. I miss the old prices- $249. I seriously think SEGA should comeback into making consoles they dont realy have to worry about sony to much any more. Poor sony needs a miracle, unless its that many rich kids out there.

Posted Apr 13, 2007 1:30 pm PT
dr_jashugan

On behalf of the consumers:
With the 20Gb version out of the picture and games going multi-platform, is there still a good reason for buying a $600 PS3 instead of the $400 360 Premium?

Posted Apr 13, 2007 1:04 pm PT
edhc44

Wow, I'm shocked... ¬¬

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