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Sony Officially Discontinues 80GB PS3?

We've known for a while now that Sony is planning to discontinue the 80GB PlayStation 3 model and issue a new one, but there has been no official date or price set for the latter. Furthermore, the discontinuation of the 80GB PS3 hasn't happened just yet, as retailers have continued to receive shipments. Well...until now.

The system has dropped off the radar at several retailers - including Best Buy - and a rumor started by Kotaku stated that an internal memo had been sent out by Sony, saying stores "shouldn't expect any further shipments on the higher end, PS2 compatible SKU." Then, IGN confirmed with "several GameStop managers" that this memo really did exist, and they would be seeing no more of the 80GB PS3. Whatever they have left sitting in the store is the last of it. Obviously, this prompted immediate debate regarding the release of the rumored 120GB PS3, but SCEA still refuses to comment on the issue. We believe we'll hear an announcement next week in San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference.

In the meantime, if you prefer the 80GB model over the 40GB and haven't picked it up yet, you had better get moving. Then again, you can always wait a bit to see when Sony plans to release the next model, which - according to some of our GameStop sources - is indeed a 120GB model. Let's just hope the details will arrive soon...

2/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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fatchad420
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 11:53:53 AM
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Meh

<< 60GB

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monomilkman
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 12:55:25 PM
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a friend of mine works at gamestop and he confirmed that the 80GB is being eliminated, they got word from Sony a few weeks ago and haven't received any more since, he says they havent been told of the 120GB just yet, but from what I have read on here and in other places it seems highly likely to be true, makes me wish i waited a bit before buying my 80GB

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Zapix
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 1:10:17 PM
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meh, harddrives can be replaced, as I recall people have been known to toss in 300gb drives into their PS3. I'm hardly hurting for space yet with my 80gb. Only issue I see is the right bottom side of the system gets insanely hot, and adding better cooling to that end would be good. Since the last firmware I've had no issues with any of my old PS2 games, so I'm really not worried about a new model.

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BlinkBoy
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 4:14:05 PM
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Well it is not the hard drive size that really matters. It is a nice way to show a difference between two SKU's but 40gb and a 80 gb HDD is not what makes it 100$ more.

Porsonally I have an PAL 60gb PS3 version. But I switched the hdd to 250gb. Works really nice for me.
But for future PS3 buyers I hope you get a nice option in the near future.

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