The 80Gb unit is going out the door. At this point in time it seems no one can deny these rumors. After the PS2 backwards compatibility was removed from the PS3 40Gb model, to virtually little to no complaints, it’s obvious that Sony would want to cost cut some more on its upper tier model. Best Buy and other retailers are all reporting this to be the case, and while Sony isn’t making many comments regarding these rumors, you only have to look as far as the European market, which still doesn’t have the 80Gb models and have absolutely no plans of doing so.
However, yesterday it seems IGN has gained some more valuable information regarding a GameSpot conference call, which confirmed these rumors to be true, and a 120Gb model would be replacing the exiting SKU. The console would naturally come with the Dualshock 3, the controller that magically managed to combine rumble and motion control, despite that being an impossibility just a few short years ago. We’ll likely hear more about this in the coming months, once Sony decides to officially announce its plans, but given the ferocity of the rumors, it seems more fact than fiction.