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