Sony Japan will discontinue the 20GB and 60GB PlayStation 3 SKUs after a final shipment this month, marking a definitive end to the system's launch SKUs, which are no longer in production
in other regions. Sony will focus all marketing efforts in Japan on the newest, 40GB model, which lacks PS2 compatibility (in addition to a few other minor features), but is reportedly cheaper to produce – the 80GB PS3
is only available in North America.
Earlier this week, Kaz Hirai pledged
to make profitability a commitment for the PlayStation division. Simplifying the PS3 production line in Japan is certainly in line with this 'new' goal.