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Rumor: 80GB PS3 Out, Larger Capacity HDD PS3 with Dual Shock 3 Coming Soon

The 80GB PlayStation 3 will be phased out in favor of a model with a larger hard drive, reports Ars Technica.

According to an unnamed source, Sony will continue offering the 40GB model alongside a "120 or 160GB at the same [$499.99] price point, plus the new DualShock 3 controller," building upon the recent suspicion that the 80GB model is being phased out of production.

The source did not indicate whether any further changes were in the works for this latest addition to Sony's ever evolving dual-SKU model, such as the redesigned and downsized Blu-ray laser or fully-fledged backwards compatibility.

When reached for comment a representative of SCEA told Shacknews, "We don't comment on rumor or speculation."