Okay so the 20 GB ps3's are officially discontinued so now you have to pay $600 for a ps3, no $500 option now. Bad move by Sony? Is the ps3 committing hardware suicide like the Dreamcast for not having a DVD player built in?
Ok my comparison is to how when the Dreamcast was out, it still had a firm grip in Japan, but the PS2 came out and being the first cheap DVD player really boosted the medium in Japan, apparently the DVD format wasn't doing so well. Anyways if the Dreamcast would of had a built in DVD player it wouldn't have died without a fight.
I think it is kinda of a shot in the foot. But not for them, most people who got the PS3 got the $600 version. Or they could be mad that they lose so much just making the console. And it not like they have any real hot games to make up for the lost. So, they just axed the $500 version.