Sony has officially announced they will be dropping the PlayStation 3 20GB SKU in North America. Once supplies sell-through at retailers, the $499.99 model will not be available for purchase in North America.
Current 20GB owners need not worry about support though. Sony said that they will continue to offer the same customer service they were guaranteed at purchase.
“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,” said SCEA senior director of corporate communications Dave Karraker.
This news comes just as Microsoft is prepared to launch another SKU of its Xbox 360 console.