Apparently, the 60GB PS3 has been outselling the 20GB version by a 10-to-1 margin. That may be a little bit surprising, since many people wondered whether gamers would reject the 60GB version's high price point. On the other hand, there's only a $100 discrepancy between the two consoles, with the 60GB version priced at $599. It's not surprising that anybody hardcore enough to shell out for the PS3 would go ahead and fork over another Benjamin for 40 extra gigs of storage space -- not to mention a few high-end features, like Wi-Fi capability, that aren't on the cheaper version.
Sony's already facing impressive pressures in the video game arena, of course. Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Nintendo (OTC BB: NTDOY.PK) has enjoyed a surprise hit with its new Wii console, attracting surprisingly diverse customers at the industry-low $250 price point. Microsoft's
I can see why it might be a good strategy to make a good run rather than a bad stand by backing away from the less popular model, which commands a lower price anyway. With the inexpensive Wii jumping off shelves, it probably makes sense for Sony to focus on the hardcore, brand-loyal gamers most likely to buy the high-end PS3. Of course, since this comes less than six months after the PS3 launch, it's a fast run. (Could Sony be giving up on the low-end model too soon?) At any rate, it's a sign that Sony's got its hands full with the current cutthroat console competition.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.