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R.I.P 60GB PlayStation 3 model in the UK

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Oct 2007 11:34 User comments (15)

R.I.P 60GB PlayStation 3 model in the UK Following yesterday's official announcement by Sony that a 40GB PlayStation 3 would be offered for 299 in the UK, Nick Sharples, director of corporate communications for Sony Europe, said that the 60 GB model would be going the way of its American counterpart, into oblivion.
Just like in North America, the 60GB has stopped being produced and when the current stock is depleted, that is the end of that model in the UK. The 40GB model will then be the only unit available for purchase in the UK. The new model however, lacks a multi-memory card slot and PS2 backwards compatibility which could presumably be an issue for some potential buyers.

"We are looking forwards, not back,"
Nick Sharples said "It was clear when Sony first launched the PS3 in the UK that backwards compatibility as a feature was an issue, it's now becoming less and less important."

When asked how much stock was left, Sharples would not give an exact number but figured there was 2 to 3 months of stock left.

"Anyone who wants to buy a 60GB PS3 for Christmas is not going to have a problem",
he stated.

What is still unclear is whether a new model will replace the 60GB SKU or if the 40GB model will remain as the sole SKU available in the UK.

Source:
Pocketlint

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15 user comments

16.10.2007 11:57

This will definitely drive up sales. The PS3 uses the HD to store saves. The memory slot refers to the flash-based slots, like CF, SD, and Memory Stick Pro Duo.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Oct 2007 @ 12:04

26.10.2007 11:58
nobrainer
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at least they are sticking to one sku now, seems pointless that they bothered to make ps2 games up-scaling on the ps3.

36.10.2007 12:02
Kazaa44
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No memory card slot? So how do I save? Do I take the memory card and put it in my head to save?

46.10.2007 12:09

Originally posted by Kazaa44:
No memory card slot? So how do I save? Do I take the memory card and put it in my head to save?
Ummmm dude did you even read the article coz I'm pretty sure a HDD whether it be 40GB or 60GB is mentioned at least once per sentence.

... That my friend is how you save...

56.10.2007 13:48
BIGnewb
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Originally posted by Kazaa44:
No memory card slot? So how do I save? Do I take the memory card and put it in my head to save?
well putting it in your head wouldnt do any good because your brain doesnt understand that you save to the hdd lmao.

66.10.2007 14:04

I have the XBOX 360, and would like to get the PS3 but only when the price comes down. Any move to lower the price is a good thing. And I wonder if the PS3 will finally shine next year with better games?

76.10.2007 17:17
hughjars
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1 year after the US launch they're selling a far lower spec'd version of the PS3 in the UK for the self same 299 (= $600) they were selling the higher spec'd 60gb model for in the USA.

How they must be laughing as the fanclub (desperate to lap up anything served up to them without a hint of critical thought) proclaim this a 'bargain'.

Too funny.

86.10.2007 17:58
xhardc0re
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i need backward compatibility & media slot or Xfer media by usb cord. for around $349 u.s.

97.10.2007 0:06
nptwenty
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Originally posted by badkrma:
I have the XBOX 360, and would like to get the PS3 but only when the price comes down. Any move to lower the price is a good thing. And I wonder if the PS3 will finally shine next year with better games?
I have a 360 and a PS3 I would stick with the 360 untill the PS3 comes down in price to like 150 and there are some exclusive games. At the moment everytime I turn my PS3 on I have to update it. And the sony shop is a joke! there is like 7 demos to download. On Xbox live there is 100's of playable demos. Sony are more worried about Blu-ray being the next format than games.

107.10.2007 2:46

Thanks for the info nptwenty. I had no idea that Sony shop was a joke like that. Maybe I will wait indefinitely until the price is right.
Plus I think Sony likes to make processes confusing just for a laugh. Take the Sony mp3 players that only use their arcos (sic) system for managing music.

117.10.2007 3:32

Actually the PS store has far more than 7 demo's, but its nowhere near XBL's 100+ demos. I'm not fully sure why the ps3 can't do ps2 games on the 40gb version, the did BC with emulation on the 80gb version why can't the do it with this one. Its a good thing I got a launch 60gb version.

127.10.2007 10:57

sad sad sad
http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=17683

40GB no BWC at all, sony is tryign to finagle out of BWC to save money.....sad sad sad well sony has lost 2 points of respect they earned 1 for the 400% price and now they are humping a dead horse again ><

137.10.2007 13:05
24Lover
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Quote:
Originally posted by badkrma:
I have the XBOX 360, and would like to get the PS3 but only when the price comes down. Any move to lower the price is a good thing. And I wonder if the PS3 will finally shine next year with better games?
I have a 360 and a PS3 I would stick with the 360 untill the PS3 comes down in price to like 150 and there are some exclusive games. At the moment everytime I turn my PS3 on I have to update it. And the sony shop is a joke! there is like 7 demos to download. On Xbox live there is 100's of playable demos. Sony are more worried about Blu-ray being the next format than games.
You really don't own a PS3 because if you did you would know that there are far more Demos than 7.Just another Xbot trying to down play the good moves Sony is making now.

1418.10.2007 16:44

We will just have to wait and see what the outcome of all this will be if they get a replacement for the 60gig or not :)

1522.11.2007 16:54
dave5592
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the playstation store is very good as i have seen it at my friends and the memory kicks xbox's 20gb hd! although i like the xbox very much... i am dissapointed because i was wanting a 60gb ps3 for christmas but the shops stopped selling them... is there any sign of a new ps3 coming out before christmas??

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