What will become of the 60GB PS3? Apparently Sony doesn't even know

Boy Sony, you really know how to muck things up don't you? First, you announce that you're cutting the price on the 60GB PS3 and releasing an 80GB version here in the US. Great, that's awesome. Then you tell us that you're not going to make anymore of the 60GB model. Then you retract that statement. What's going on?

A spokesperson from Sony Computer Entertainment America was just recently quoted as saying "Those quotes from David Reeves are not accurate. He said that if they had lowered the price in Europe, that territory would have run out of their current inventory by the end of July... As announced this week, SCEA's product offering in North America consists of a 80GB PS3 available in August at $599 and a 60GB PS3 available now for $499. We have will have ample supplies of both models to meet the needs of our consumers for the foreseeable future."

If you look closely at that statement, they don't actually say that they're still making them, just that they have plenty sitting around. I guess they weren't selling them quite as well as they tried to tell us they were. One thing is for sure, according to Kaz Hirai (president of SCE) they don't like having more than one price SKU in the US market, so I don't suspect that they'll keep the 60GB model around for long.

The Great 60GB Phase Out Clusterfuck [via kotaku]