It looks like Sony isn't ready to go of the PSP just yet, at least on this side of the Atlantic. It has recently been discontinued in Japan; no specific reason was given -- disappointing sales and a general lack of consumer enthusiasm for the system has plagued the Go for some time -- and Sony had previously refused to comment on reports of its demise, stating only that:
It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices. Before the end of the year we are launching NGP, our next generation portable device, which we believe will revolutionize portable gaming. In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, essential range of games and we will continue to meet that demand.
It goes without saying that this is long overdue, especially with the NGP out on the horizon. If Sony is in fact hoping to produce a competitively-priced successor to the PSP, they're going to want a nice cushion before its release. We all remember the turbulent, early life of the PS3 -- Sony famously took a hefty hit on every unit sold -- so with the Go serving largely as dead weight, my only question is why they clung on to the doomed system for so long. While a Sony rep told Industrygamers that Sony's oddball handheld will continue to be sold in North America, its discontinuation overseas surely serves as a harbinger of ill-tidings for the Go, and I wouldn't be surprised if we heard of a complete phase-out sometime in the near future.
So long, sweet prince. May cherubs sweep you gently to the shores of heaven, whereupon your mechanical heart shall be filled with the love and warmth so cruelly denied to you by this world -- your friends Neo Geo Pocket and N-Gage are waiting for you.