60 GB Playstation 3 officially out of circulation

Posted by Mark Raby

Foster City (CA) - The factory presses are no longer pumping out 60 GB versions of the PS3.

The only new PS3 consoles in manufacturing are now the 80 GB units, according to a statement made by Sony communications officer Dave Karraker.  "We no longer have any inventory in SCEA warehouses. All inventory has been purchased and shipped to retailers," he said.

Last month, Sony announced it would be cutting the price of the 60 GB PS3 by $100, and that it would launch a new 80 GB version of the system.

In the days following the announcement, it was discovered that Sony's actual plan was to phase out the 60 GB PS3.  The 80 GB console has a retail price of around $600, the same price as the 60 GB model when it launched.

Thousands of 60 GB units remain on store shelves across the country, and they will continue to be sold at around $500 until existing inventory is depleted.  However, the consoles on the shelves in the next week or so will be the last ones the store receives.

Sony also once produced a 20 GB version of the console, but that was scrapped in less than six months after its debut.  A total of three SKUs (stock keeping units) have existed for the PS3 but only one is now being actively produced.

On the flip side, Microsoft has managed to continuously manufacture three different versions of the Xbox 360 - the Core, the Pro, and the Elite.  A fourth will soon be added to that list when a special edition Halo 3 version of the console comes out next month.  The Wii launched with one basic model, which continues to be the only version of the hardware sold worldwide.