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Confirmed: R.I.P. PSP Go

Jonathan Lester
Canned, Games news, PSP Go, R.I.P., Sony

Confirmed: R.I.P. PSP Go

Yesterday we brought you a report from a Sony Shop employee who suggested that the much-maligned discless PSP Go handheld had been discontinued. Despite remaining noncomittal throughout the day, Sony have now officially confirmed that the PSP Go has been canned, and that they've ceased production to focus on the upcoming NGP. [AV Watch via Kotaku]

Sony will continue to manufacture - and support - the PSP 3000, which has been enjoying a sales renaissance of late due to some killer Japanese titles. Thankfully, it looks like I had nothing to worry about.

In five years, when Wi-Fi and digital distribution will be truly ubiquitous, the PSP Go might have thrived. Unfortunately its experiment into truly digital handhelds managed to fail spectacularly... though it's interesting to note that similar business models work perfectly well for smartphones. Hopefully Sony have learned that competitive pricing is the key.

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Matthew  Apr. 20, 2011 at 12:29

I think the PSP go was doomed from the get-go, if you'll pardon the pun. The PSP go was to all intents and purposes a tarted-up PSP, except that your already-loyal installed userbase couldn't upgrade to the new version without junking almost every software purchase they'd already made for your machine. That does not inspire upgrades and so Sony also had to rely on people who had never bought a PSP before to flock to the new system in large numbers – and if they didn’t buy a PSP, why are they going to buy a PSP go? That situation should be avoidable with the NGP as it is a true upgrade rather than a sideways move as the PSP go would have been.

Sony didn’t learn from the fiasco that was the Commodore 64GS, methinks. ;)

Gunn  Apr. 20, 2011 at 13:03

Perhaps it was just testing the water, maybe the NGP was planned to be digital release only but they weren't sure so punted out the GO to see how it did. So thankfully it failed, so we still have retail. I'm sure developers want everything to be digital as then they have full control of the pricing.

Goity  Apr. 20, 2011 at 13:05

Also full titles on the PSN are a fortune compared to Retail prices!

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 20, 2011 at 13:35

Yeah, Sony were surprisingly up-front about the PSP Go being an experiment into digital distribution methods.

The NGP's simultaneous physical and digital release model is set to provide the best of both worlds.

Gunn  Apr. 20, 2011 at 15:42

Yeah that's the worry, if the retail side of games go, prices will stay high.


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