ps3 closeout

PS3 Fanboy received an interesting scan of an internal letter coming from Best Buy that explains that the 80GB  Playstation 3 is going closeout.  This means that there will be no new shipments, once their current stock of 80GB systems is gone, that’s it. The memo states:

The 80GB version of the PS3 is going closeout and won’t be replaced at this time.  It will come off the planogram on Jan. 28.  The 60GB version should already be gone from stores.  Only the 40GB version of PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at this time.

This has lead people to question what’s going on over at Sony and how this move fits into the bigger picture.  Combine this rumor with the other rumor that the 40GB model will receive a decent price-cut and will be sold at $299 starting on January 28th (the same day the 80GB PS3 goes closeout), and we know there has to be something  going on. Additionally, there was a recent FCC filing for a white PS3 model, like what’s currently being sold in Japan. Perhaps Sony will be introducing it into the US market?

The only real downside that I can see with this move is that now Best Buy won’t be selling a model that supports PS2 games.  Only the 80GB model offered the backwards compatibility. Given that Japan currently doesn’t sell a model that supports PS2, I’m sure this is a non-issue for Sony.

There Are 9 Comments

  1. The 60GB model, which I have, also supports backwards compatibility. But the 60GB version has long been gone from store shelves. Maybe there are still units on eBay.

  2. I’m sure Sony will still produce the 80GB though, because they have to offer something with backwards compatibility… right?

  3. There won’t be backwards compatibility as Sony has improved their manufacturing process: cutting their costs and improving their profits but the new models are not ps2 compatible. so probably these are being rolled out?

  4. I bought the last 60 gig PS3 I could find in a target in December, passing on the 80 gig w/10 free blue rays from WalMart. The 60 gig model is the only one with true PS2 backward compatibility (aside from the long gone 20gig model. The 60 gig uses hardware, an actual PS2 Emotion engine to play PS2 games where the 80 gig model uses software and only plays a little over half of the SP2 titles well.

  5. oops typo, I meant “PS2 titles well”, not SP2. Also “Target” not target. :oops:

  6. Hopefully the 80GB is only gonna disappear from Bestbuy because unless they are coming out with a 120 or 160GB its a really dumb move. I know they want to make things more affordable for better sales, but people want the extra gigs, and backward compatibility is an issue, even though pretty soon most people will not play ps2 games

  7. Weren’t Sony the ones complaining about Xbox 360 not having full backwards compatibility though? Looks like they have to eat there words!

  8. brad wrote:
    I bought the last 60 gig PS3 I could find in a target in December, passing on the 80 gig w/10 free blue rays from WalMart. The 60 gig model is the only one with true PS2 backward compatibility (aside from the long gone 20gig model. The 60 gig uses hardware, an actual PS2 Emotion engine to play PS2 games where the 80 gig model uses software and only plays a little over half of the SP2 titles well.

    Huh, I never knew that both models used different methods for backwards compatibility. I learn something new everyday.

    Google wrote:
    Weren’t Sony the ones complaining about Xbox 360 not having full backwards compatibility though? Looks like they have to eat there words!

    Yes, I do believe they were using that as a big selling point when the system launched. And now it’s the Xbox 360 that has a large number of backwards compatible games while the PS3 is backing out.

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