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.
- 10:49pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Dropping BC isn't gonna force ppl to buy PS3 titles, as they still have the PS2. The fact that these 3rd gen titles aren't exactly leaps and bounds ahead of the previos gen, is more the issue... for example the graphics, and physics, in the FPS "Black", isn't exactly left in the dust compared to other 3rd gen FPS's. I hope Sony are just preparing for a beefed up PS3 Elite...or something simular.
- 10:54pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Who cares if Best Buy stops selling the 80GB, its there downfall. If someone wants a 80GB model, just buy it else where. Still I don't understand why they would stop selling the 80GB completely. Why not just reduce the number of units they order in. I'm sure they will still order in a 80GB console if you ask them
- 11:27pm EST - January 24th, 2008
Dah What exactly is the story here? Sony already announced that these models are being discontinued - What? do you think Best Buy wasnt going to discontinue selling something thats not being made and Eer What's with all the top secret "we know someone who might have seen a piece of paper saying something the world already knows" what a muppet!
- 11:53pm EST - January 24th, 2008
I am a true to the core gamer......I care about backward compatibility......that's why I got my 60gb even after the 40gb came out.....and I'm from Portugal....not U.S.
- 12:21am EST - January 25th, 2008
damn it.. i was hoping to upgrade from 60gb to 80 at the end of the year.... i have a deal with bestbuy to replace my 60 gig for a new one, if somethings wrong with it.. well hopefully they'll have a better one than the 80gb
- 1:55am EST - January 25th, 2008
I'd question this because the white PS3 is 80gig that is currently in the FCC.
Be odd to me to see them drop what is a game console and/or Blu-Ray player.
- 2:54am EST - January 25th, 2008
No, no,no i want the 80 gig
- 4:16am EST - January 25th, 2008
Im really glad I have the 60GB. I have kids and they play alot of thier PS2 games on it. - this is a little surprising to me cause one of the main attraction to the playstation brand has always been the BKW compatibility. But reseach is showing its only a very small % that is using BKWC.
- 4:19am EST - January 25th, 2008
More rumors and speculation. Here's a rumor for you, "I interviewed an 18 year old employee named Chris in a Walmart from the West Mifflin area of Pittsurgh, PA. Chris told me that he and his buddies got drunk two Saturdays ago and scored some blow. In their drug and alchol induced haze they went to see a palm reader, who based on the short length of their life lines, referred them to an oracle in Pittsburghs' Southside. The oracle informed them that Sony will be discontinuing all models and replacing them with a pink model that has a 1TB hard drive, six usb ports, four IEEE-1394 ports, and it comes bundled with Pirates (porn) on Bluray and Mario Party 17 (controllers sold seperately)." I don't know about you guys, but I have already sold my 60 GB model from launch, and I'm am anxiously awaiting its release, which according to Chris will be be January 29, 2008 at a price tag of $289.57. CAN'T WAIT, CAN'T WAIT, CAN'T WAIT......
- 4:24am EST - January 25th, 2008
svtschmidt - lol, we get your point! But lets not forget that many future facts start out as speculation and assumptions and if you want to be "in the know" and see stories as they develope you must be willing to open yourself up to these type of speculations- or you'll hate being a part of this or any forum like this- for the "official" PR releases with 0 speculations, visit the official Playstation Website, thats what I do, but this is just more fun! from a fellow yinz'er!! Go pens!
- 5:16am EST - January 25th, 2008
lmao @49 good one. I think they're removing it so they can replace it with an SKU that comes with Dual Shock 3. Don't know if anyone has already mentioned that, but they said the DS3 would get here around Feb, and no one has mentioned it since.
- 6:49am EST - January 25th, 2008
Mixed feelings on this matter. If this is a pretense of things to come from Sony themselves, I think it is a bad move. There is no reason from the article to believe that Sony will completely get rid of the 80GB model from stock and only leave one stripped down SKU on the market. It only mentions the rumor of Best Buy stores not stocking the 80GB model. It is fine for those waiting on the price to come down; however, there are those who still would like the extras that the 80GB model gives. Hard drive size isn't that important since most people shopping for a PS3 know that you can upgrade the HDD at any time relatively easy.
- 8:18am EST - January 25th, 2008
The fact that the author of this even hints at this being positive makes me sick... this is horrible for sony. This means bestbuy is losing money when they buy shipments of the 80 GB PS3. That means they are not selling. This is horrible news for Sony. Bestbuy is going to stop selling 80 GB versions because sony is going to price cut. You think bestbuy and sony share secrets? Idiots...
- 9:59am EST - January 25th, 2008
just looked at best buy's website and you can only order the 40gb model, Like many have said this is their own loss. Other stores will pick up their sales. Some have posted how bc does not matter due to most ps3 owners having a ps2, this may be true however I am glad I have the 80gb model for the fact that I dont like any more wires and junk cluttering up my entertainment area than there has to be. that for me is reason enough to love the 80 gb model, or I might just have to have the biggest and baddest of everything I can get lol.
- 10:35am EST - January 25th, 2008
Personally I would not get too excited if you want a B/C PS3 and have not purchased it yet. All we really know is the BB is going to discontinue stocking this PS3 SKU in their stores. I really doubt that Sony is going to do away with PS3 B / C entirely.
- 10:50am EST - January 25th, 2008
According to various gaming sites sony are discontinuing the 80gig ps3 due to poor sales.
- 12:11am EST - January 26th, 2008
I want my 60GB & 80GB models? Why does anyone care about them - you can put in your own hard drive and backwad compatible with PS2 is worthless because PS2 is worthless. Those games looked bad why bother play them again? None where any good just throw them in the bin and play new gen stuff
- 6:21am EDT - March 18th, 2010
how much ps3 80 gb
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