April 12, 2007 - Bummed about the death of the 20 gigabyte model PS3? Then you may want to consider importing, as it seems that Sony Computer Entertainment currently plans on continuing to sell the 20 Gig model in Japan.
When asked about the decision to drop the lower end model from North American retail, a representative of SCE told Famitsu.com, "We're currently not considering changes akin to North America. However we would like to react flexibly with the market."
We conducted a quick check of that very market today via a few Tokyo game shops and found both 20 Gig and 60 Gig models available for purchase. We also found used versions of both packages, with one retailer charging 42,800 yen for a used 20 Gig model and 49,800 yen for a used 60 gig model. The usual retail prices for new versions are, respectively, 49,800 yen and 59,800 yen.