Originally Posted by number1laing
That system barely sold and was canceled within months. There was never that many out there. Plus, PSN wasn't what it is today. There wasn't full games, PSN Plus, etc. The minimum size that might be in wide use today is 40gb, but even that is not many units.
I really don't like the idea of a 16gb PS3. I don't think it provides even close to an "optimal" PS3 experience. Sony should be encouraging people to hop on PSN, sign up for plus, buy full games online - hook up to the PS3 ecosystem. The 16gb system just does not do that.
I have a 60gb and feel like I can't do that.
With Sony needing a PS3 model to fill the competitor's 4GB model slot, why do you think Sony need to ensure every model of Sony provide the "optimal" experience? What is "optimal" experience to casual gamers anyway? To casual gamers, "optimal" experience is able to get the console as cheap as possible. You can explain all the wonderful "hardcore" games out there and casual gamers will just ignore you. You can explain having a hard drive is the only way to "optimal" enjoy many games at a time and again casual gamers will look at you funny.
It's simply business out there. That is the problem Sony when they originally created with PS3, ie. made it too "good" for an experience from the beginning and the CEO back then said you need "two" jobs to be able to afford one. Can you imagine if Sony still following that today? PS3 would have been dead in the market. You should be happy that the 16GB PS3 model is only missing the hard drive to have the same experience as all other models. Since PS3 allows you to use any brand of hard drive in the market, it's the best thing. As for the actual 16GB hard drive usable space to the user, it's more like around 11-12GB. There isn't any disc based game in the market the requires more than 11GB to install. As long the 16GB hard drive will let one disc game to run, it has filled the requirement. But for casual gamers, they are more likely able to install several games at a time. Personally, I have met very casual competitor's gamers who got by with the tiny memory cards without any hard drive. Guess what, same type of casual PS3 gamers also exist. Again, casual gamers don't look at download games from online service. If they do "advance" that far, when it's time to introduce a hard drive to them.
One thing that we already know 16GB model will sell, the advanced gamers who always replace the hard drive with larger model. That alone will ensure 16GB model will be popular even it's not what Sony want.
Note: We know who I meant by "competitor" here.