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.