As far as we're concerned, this is a done deal. We'd never say it's official without the press release from Sony, but at this point, we're about 99% certain the following is entirely true.

After evidence from several major retailers – Best Buy and GameStop included – showed the 80GB PS3 model was scheduled to be discontinued, a rumor involving a new PlayStation 3 model surfaced. It said we can expect Sony to replace the 80GB version with a machine that sported a gigantic hard drive (at least 120GB), the Dual Shock 3 controller (not yet available in North America), and a price tag of $499.99. Now, SCEE was quick to say such a model wasn't coming to Europe, which may have dampened anxious spirits just a bit. SCEA hasn't issued any reply, besides the typical, "we don't comment on rumor and speculation."

But here's more evidence, courtesy of Kombo- during a GameStop conference call today, it was confirmed the 80GB PS3 is definitely going to be discontinued, and Sony does indeed plan to introduce a PS3 with 120GB (or bigger) hard drive with the Dual Shock 3 controller included. Now, while there is no date for the emergence of this new model, this should be happening "relatively soon." At this point, we think it's safe to say Sony is ready to unveil this model at the Game Developers Conference in a couple weeks time. Come that time, we're pretty confident you're going to see a confirmation for all of this.

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Reccaman18
Reccaman18
12 years ago

160 gb hard drive AND a DS3?! Sign me up! I had to trade my PS3 for money so I could pay for college and I wanted another one, and this would be the model for me, given that it retains all the extra features like backwards compatibility, and the multi memory card reader. I use memory sticks a lot.

Ahmad
Ahmad
12 years ago

Cant wait for GDC!

DragonSphere
DragonSphere
12 years ago

of course the big question is whether or not Sony is going to "reintroduce" backwards compatibility with the new model… they seemed pretty adamant that they were focusing away from b/c back when the 40 gig was announced

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
12 years ago

If you go back a few days, I actually did a story about backwards compatibility possibly showing up in this new model. There IS evidence for it, I think…

bamf
bamf
12 years ago

I already have it, I upgraded my HDD to 160gb, it has B/C through software emulation and it has… wait a minute, I don't have the DS3 yet. All in due time.

I hope Sony gives us a great show like last year?