After Price Cut, 60GB PS3 is On the Way Out
After several days of reports and counter-reports, it now appears clear that Sony’s announced price cut for the 60GB version of the Playstation 3 console was a pretext for the eventual phasing-out of that version.
Last week, after months of rumors, Sony announced that it would indeed drop the price of the struggling 60GB denomination by $100, to $499.99. But at the same time, the company announced the impending release of an 80GB version, to be sold at 60GB console’s previous price of $599.99.
Just a few days later, an interview last week with the Web site GamesIndustry,biz, Sony’s European president David Reeves said that the price drop would allow Sony to sell out its remaining stock of 60GB PS3s, at which point only the new 80GB version would be sold. Sony Computer Entertainment International’s head, Kaz Hirai, said essentially the same thing in an interview with the Norwegian TV outlet VGTV. Sony is “no longer in production” on the 60GB PS3, but will continue selling the remaining stock, Hirai said.