We brought you news that several stores across America had decided to drop the 20G PS3, we now bring you the official word - Sony will discontinue the lower spec model in the US.

The official statement says, "At launch, we offered two separate models of PlayStation 3 to meet the diverse needs and interests of our PlayStation fan base. Initial retail demand in North America was upwards of 90% in favor of the 60GB SKU, so we manufactured and shipped-in accordingly”.

"Due to the overwhelming demand for the 60GB model from both retailers and consumers, we have ceased offering the 20GB model here in North America."

The 20GB model, for which a limited stock remains, retails in the US for $499, while the 60GB goes for $599.

SCEA spokesperson Dave Karraker has promised that gamers who own a 20GB model will continue to be "100% supported with software and services, since all PS3s have the same basic architecture".