Best Buy to discontinue 80GB model
- Posted January 24th, 2008 at 15:46 EDT by
- 58 Comments
An employee of Best Buy who would obviously like to remain anonymous had sent a scan this morning displaying the fact that Best Buy will be discontinuing the 80GB model of the PlayStation 3. The scanned copy of what appears to be a staff letter reads, "The 80GB version of the PS3 is going closeout and won't be replaced at this time," it further goes on to say, "It will come off the planogram on Jan. 28. The 60GB version should already be gone from stores. Only the 40GB version of PS3 will be sold in Best Buy stores at this time."
With the recent rumors of a 40GB price drop down to $299 and the desire to further push the PlayStation 3 games library, some would speculate that this move only makes complete sense. It would also give some valid claim to the recent rumors around the subject as well.
We could very well see Sony releasing the 2 SKU’s for the White/Black models of the 40GB PS3 at a price point of $299. This would inevitably force Microsoft to also cut their prices as well. With the latest announcement that the production cost of the PS3 has been effectively cut in half, it all certainly adds up to the probability that this could all in fact be true. We’ll have to keep our eyes open for more updates on the matter.
- 1:03pm EST - January 24th, 2008
if they do drop the price to 300 and cancel the 80 gig, the only good thing is that if you used to own a ps2 you should just keep it for BC. since you only get like 20 dollars to trade it in anyway (unless its the slim one you get 40 bucks). I think people who waited this long don't care quite as much about BC as some of us on here do.
- 1:18pm EST - January 24th, 2008
From now on I think this ought to be the last sku move Sony makes. Its going to confuse consumers if there are two sku's and one has BC and a bigger HDD. Maybe they should have just included BC for the 40gig and made it a standard. :/ I don't know why BB is doing this unless there was poor sales of 80gig's which I doubt.
Probably like the OP said a intiative.
- 1:34pm EST - January 24th, 2008
well i hope my 60 gb ps3 wont break down again my warranty is at best buy
- 1:39pm EST - January 24th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... seems sensible but its good to give people a choice so maybe this is a bad move i donno
- 1:55pm EST - January 24th, 2008
I really don't understand why they're discontinuing all the SKU's that can play PS2 games. I have a 60gb so I'm set but no backwards compatibility is not too cool in my opinion. I mean, even 360's can do backwards compatible
- 2:12pm EST - January 24th, 2008
It is a good thing that I got my good ol' 60 when they came out. I don't understand why they(Bes Buy) would do such a move. The best buy near me have been selling 80g's like theres been no tommorow!
- 2:24pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Most likely what's been happening is Sony only produced so many 80gbs then consentrated on the cheaper 40gb. at the tiem the 80s were probably plentiful but all the units being sold recently probably depleted them from BBs stock. Untill they clear out more 40gbs it probably seems like a good idea not to buy anymore of the 80 for now. I dont think this means the 80gb is cancelled completely though otherwise more stores would have made mention of it.
I do expect them to drop the price on the PSTwo though. a 299 40gb plus a PSTwo for 100 would still mean they get to sell you PS2 and PS3 games evenif the 40gb is a horribly gimped abortion.
- 2:29pm EST - January 24th, 2008
i 160hdd is about $100 so if someone wants to upgrade it will still only be $400, i have the 60gb and i dont really use bc that much
- 2:51pm EST - January 24th, 2008
i purchased a 60GB ps3 about 2 months after launch, and absolutely love the BC feature....played and completed gow 1 and 2....also planning on playing the devil may cry trilogy before dmc4....plus u can always play old favorites like the mgs series...very happy with my purchase, only thing i did was swap the harddrive.....put a 160GB in that sucker....divx movies galore
- 3:22pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Same here only with a 250 gig
- 3:34pm EST - January 24th, 2008
I finished off final fantasy 12, gta4, and god of war 2 really before jumping into my 60gig ps3 on November 2006. My ps2 has since then been in my closet and I have not used bc either. Now onto some devil may cry 4 demo and pixel junk monsters =)
- 4:06pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Sony arent listening. Yes, there is a price drop - but thats not what everyone talks about. Every single person that comes into EB looking to buy a PS3 asks me "Does it play PS2 games?" - and since we only have the 40GB model I always say "No." - and you should see their faces. It puts A LOT of people off buying it... it's then up to me to try and sell it no matter what and it becomes a lot harder for someone still looking to keep all their old PS2 games. Lucky I got a 60 gigger, but if they get rid of the 80GB model then there's no hope for the system.
- 4:07pm EST - January 24th, 2008
amen 'gaden' amen
- 4:45pm EST - January 24th, 2008
They should put a game w/ the 40 gig then.
- 5:02pm EST - January 24th, 2008
What if Sony offers a firmware update on 40GB models that enables backward compatibility? Is such a thing possible? Anyone that is tech savvy that can answer me please? :O
- 6:14pm EST - January 24th, 2008
FING STOP PEOPLE!!!! Its just a Best Buy worker saying this. If it is true, you will still be able to get a 80 gig at other places. BC is fing awesome btw. Playing your PS2 games in HD is a lot more fun. @ Jared the 40 gig can't play ps2 games even with a firmware update. It doesnt have the hardware to do it. I bought a 60 gig last year in march and Im glad I did. It hasnt gave me one problem. And to who ever said the 360 is BC, your right, but its BC is very limited. All my old PS2 games work just fine.
- 6:19pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Has anyone thought of the fact that Sony is facing HUGE pressure from the software companies to eliminate the bc feature. i mean seriously....why do you think the software adoption rate and ps3 game sales are so low. because people are still buying ps2 games for 10 bucks. If sony loses dev support they lose the console war...plain and simple. they have to find a happy medium to keep consumers and software companies happy. for awhile it was 2 skus but with sony still having poor software sales for their ps3 games they have to fully support their ps3 agenda and let the ps2 stand on its own. i really don't have a problem with only pushing the 40gb...i have a 60 and a 40. i will say that i miss the extra usb ports though and the memory card slots. still sony has to get to the magical 299 price point as soon as possible and also they have to win back dev support because everyone here knows the devs are very upset with sony. look on the bright side...you will get more ps3 playing partners this way and hopefully a whole heck of alot more games made for your system. i mean all i hear is complaints about games being delayed or gimped for the ps3 or not enough good games....well with this initative that should show the developers sony is fully 100% behind ps3 success and thus developers will give you guys more and hopefully better games. besides...once people start playing ps3 games they won't want to go back to playing ps2...i couldn't ....it just hurt my eyes. and if they want.......well there are 120 million ps2s out there for them to use....seriously...it isn't that big a loss.
- 7:02pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Could this be why Sony wanted to hire an emulator? Hmm...
Glad I have my 60GB (250GB) already.
- 8:45pm EST - January 24th, 2008
this will never happen. I work for a major electronics retailer and Sony is continuing to offer the 80gb version, and we are going to carry it moving forward. If Bestbuy wants to lose sales than so be it. We will gladly take their customers.
- 8:54pm EST - January 24th, 2008
I still wonder why this decision is was even made, did they have an overstock issue?
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