60GB PlayStation 3 Re-Discontinued

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Even more news in the saga of the continuing discontinuing saga of the 60GB PlayStation 3. We first said it was discontinued, then not discontinued, but now Sony's Kaz Hirai is confirming that they're no longer producing that model. He says:

We're no longer in production for [the 60GB PS3], so once that product is gone from the retailers shelves, then we're back to the $599 SKU only, so it's not like we have a two-price strategy here in the US market, which we found out very early on, that consumers react mostly to having one SKU as opposed to two.


So in short, the 60GB will be around for a while, and if you want the hardware backward compatibility with PS2 games, you'd better get the $499 model. [Kotaku]

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@SchruteBuck: The difference is, there is a TON of downloadable content for the Xbox 360. The PS3's online network is BARREN. Even then, the PS3's hard drive is user-replaceable. It is cheaper to buy your own drive off of new egg and swap it out. All you need is a screwdriver, and it is still covered under warranty. Buying a 120 gig drive 2-3 years from now (if the PS3 ever becomes popular and has good downloadable content), will be much cheaper.

Anyone on the fence about PS3 should buy a used one from one of the many unhappy PS3 owners. The build quality on them is very good, unlike the 360, so getting one used shouldn't be a problem.