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

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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."

From The Chatty

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    January 28, 2008 12:46 PM

    This is cool.
    ...and yet MS still sticks with it's fully sized 20gig HDD. Whhhy? Those must cost more now than a 120gig.

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      January 28, 2008 12:48 PM

      Unless you use the Video Marketplace, or a lot of XBox Live Originals - You'll never hit 20gb.

      And when you're buying 10's of thousands of units at a time, 20gb is REAL cheap now.

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        January 28, 2008 12:56 PM

        True. It shouldn't I just hate deleting demos. A small HDD does also keep me from using the xbox originals service. MS, by selling a default small HDD are in effect causing people to buy less of the wares. I'm sure people don't download movies because it would be too much of a hassle to clean up their disk.
        I just figure that small HDDs are hard and more expensive to make now. It's like trying finding a 32meg CF card in a store--it's impossible. Is that because they are more expensive to make, or because the are so cheap that they are not worth selling?

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          January 28, 2008 12:59 PM

          There should be a period after "it shouldn't."

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          January 28, 2008 1:57 PM

          The market demands larger units. So whilst the 32mb CF is cheap to produce, because the volume is so small, you have to make "special" runs to make them. Whereas I think you'll find 256 or 512mb CF's are most popular - and they can just run off thousands of them.

          Simple Supply and Demand really.

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        January 28, 2008 12:56 PM

        If someone uses xbox live they will fill up the 20gb no problem

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        January 28, 2008 2:03 PM

        If you play FFXI there is hardly any room left over on the 20 gb hd.

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        January 29, 2008 3:42 AM

        I hit 20GB and all I have on it is some savegames for my 6 games and a bunch of demos

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      January 28, 2008 12:56 PM

      Remeber that the Elite comes with a 120GB.

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      January 28, 2008 12:56 PM

      Because you don't install games on the HDD like you do on the PS3 perhaps?

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        January 28, 2008 12:57 PM

        uh what

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          January 28, 2008 1:03 PM

          well if there isn't an option to install games, you dont need more space surely.

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          January 28, 2008 1:09 PM

          Some PS3 games mandate an installation before you can actually start the game. Devil May Cry 4 and Lost Planet are two examples, both require 5GB.

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            January 28, 2008 1:12 PM

            Lost Planet too? I hope this doesn't become a mandatory thing with all Capcom games. I'd probably do it anyway for the in-game loads, but the option should be there. I don't understand how Uncharted can run totally load free without an install and yet these inferior looking games need to eat up hard drive.

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            January 28, 2008 1:16 PM

            I wish Mass Effect had that option. ¬_¬

            It'd be worth the loss of a couple of gigabytes easy.

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      January 28, 2008 1:03 PM

      I've had mine for 2 yrs and never hit 20 gigs though. I dont know why Sony is putting in larger drives when obviously people want lower prices.

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        January 28, 2008 1:22 PM

        the price difference is negligible for the size variations sony's using, especially at wholesale prices. they're just changing size as a way to distinguish models.

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        January 28, 2008 6:25 PM

        I hit 20GB barrier after 1 day :( I have about 10 demos saved, and want to download more but I can't. The reason why I don't want to delete old demos is because I like coming back and replaying them (I love playing Dirt demo) and redownloading them is too slow now, having a Silver account.
        Yeah, larger drive would've been better, but hey, its an Microsoft.

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      January 28, 2008 6:45 PM

      An application consultant was out at our office today, and he says he uses his 15 MB/s FiOS to download HD content; says it rocks.