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Sony Europe President: 60GB PS3 Getting the Axe in America [UPDATE: Not]

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[UPDATE: Probably not true.]SCEE President David Reeves revealed in an interview that the 60GB PS3's long-overdue price cut is actually a fire sale, at least in America. When the last one is sold, it will be just that—the last one. It's entirely possible we could see a "clarification" of the statement, but Reeves was pretty unambiguous in his language.

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So once the 60GB is gone, that will be the end of the 60GB then?

In America, yes.

Why not offer the 80GB model in Europe?

The difference between 60GB and 80GB is not really necessary. The difference in cost between a 60 and 80 is just Euro cents; it's nothing, because the cost of memory is so small.

Probably we could have gone for 80GB, but does it really make any difference? We just know that we get a better supply on the 60GB than we will on the 80GB. So we chose to continue with the 60GB until we find that we can get something better, maybe lower cost. It just didn't seem necessary to us.

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So there's going to be a "better supply on the 60GB" in Europe, eh? Wonder where it's coming from. [GamesIndustry via Kotaku]

Update: Yes, it is being discontinued

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DISCUSSION

Sony is not pulling a "dick move" or being "douchbags," they are just trying to adjust to mistakes they've made. I think that they still believe in their $599 price point, not just from a business perspective, but from a genuine value perspective. So, yes, it makes since for them to sell a lot of machines for cheap while they can, then later add on a controller and a game, which costs them very little, but again assumes the consumer will appreciate the value. Its really quite simple, and kind of smart. In fact, what this will do is two things: For one, it will pressure some of the more savvy consumers (dare I say, people like Gizmodo readers) to buy the 60GB now, and the not so savvy consumers (dare I say Gizmodo readers) to be convinced they are getting a good deal later with the bundle — which conent-wise, they are, but are really paying a large amount of the $599 for similar COST to Sony.

In other words, shut up and buy your console now and stop being such babies about it.