Sony has said on Thursday that it would stop shipments the Playstation 3 models with 20GB and 60GB hard disk drives in Japan this month as it is focusing its attention on the 40GB model.
Sony said that this does not mean that the 40GB version would be the only model in Japan, and that it will launch newer models in response to user preferences in the future.
The 40GB model, launched in November in Japan, sells for 39,980 yen (US$365.50), less than the 20GB model which sells for 44,980 yen.
Prior to the announcement, shares in Sony closed down 1 percent at 6,130 yen. The IELEC, Tokyo stock market’s electircal machinery index, fell 1.4 percent.