Soaring sales of PS3 thanks to 60GB model, 40GB version flops

October 17, 2007

Soaring sales of PS3 thanks to 60GB model, 40GB version flops Yesterday, reported that sales of the PS3 were up 178% in the UK but at that time it wasn’t clear if that was due to the introduction of the cheaper 40GB model or the soon to be discontinued 60GB model which is being sold with two games.  It’s now been determined that the 40GB model is a certified flop.

According to PSPSPS, almost 90% of people buying a PS3 opted for the 60GB model which included two games for only £50 more than the 40GB model which did not include games.

It’s not really clear what Sony’s game is, first it was a 20GB and 60GB model and no one was interested in the 20GB model so it got discontinued and then it was only the 60GB model and now it’s being discontinued and replaced with a less capable 40GB model. 

The new 40GB model only has two USB ports (as opposed to four on the 60GB version) and has poorer backwards compatibility with PS2 games as it uses a software emulator and contains no PS2 hardware as the 60GB version does.

What’s next Sony?  Resurrecting the 20GB model, perhaps by introducing a “Slim PS3,” who knows?

It’s been suggested that Sony is using a bit of reverse psychology which makes about as much sense as anything else that’s been said.

10 Responses to “Soaring sales of PS3 thanks to 60GB model, 40GB version flops”

  1. Wrek:

    ” poorer backwards compatibility ” ? There is NO backwards compatability if thats what you mean by ” poorer “, if that’s even a word… do some research Jonathan.

    And for the record, Sony has the dumbest fanboys.

  2. Joni:

    Research doesn’t seem to be a strong point as the European 60 Gb PS3 uses software PS2 emulation and does it better than most consoles.

  3. WeZz:

    Sony’s failing to read their market once again! ppl want the damn price down NOT less entertainment!
    Just like the rest of you who thought that a new price cut wud most definitely convince you to buy one, they go ahead and cut the BC completely along with others as well. and we are left with no choice but to cough up the cash now before they discontinue the damn thing. I don’t mind them reducing the usb or removing all the memory card readers but i despise the fact that the BC is gone. DAMN YOU SONY!

  4. Tony77:

    This was so obvious, that the 60gb would sell more, cause it simply offers much more for the money. I don’t understand, what this news is all about. Considering, that the 40gb model could do well, after all 60gb models are gone, you can’t call it a flop, yet.

  5. hagesy:

    who plays ps2 games on a ps3 anyway?

  6. Wolf26pack:

    @ Joni
    As far as I know the 40GB PS3 in Europe has NO B/C Hardware or Software wise for the PS2. As for B/C for the PS1 it will still work for the PS1 games.

    @ hagesy
    I DO!!!

    In reality Sony should have both the 40GB & 60GB SKU’s going so if you care about B/C you wouldn’t be rushed to go and buy it because it’s being discontinued. Now since Sony is only leaving the 40GB SKU on the Market they are making a big mistake because those consumers that are informed will not buy it unless they don’t care about B/C. So it should be the 60GB for people who care about B/C and the 40GB for people who don’t care about the B/C of course at the current prices of 40GB $399.99 & 60GB $499.99.

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  8. MikeyTornado:

    It’s pretty simple SONY:


    Are they missing the big picture here? I’ve been waiting for a good time to buy the PS3, but what the hell are they doing? Seriously!

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  10. Gamasutra:

    Good grief! The news reporting on this site is just terrible!

    Give us all a break, go play some games and leave the writing to the grownups.

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