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PSP Go Continuing To Be Produced In North America

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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.

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6 Comments

Mittens said:

I'm not sold that the PSP Go "failed."

Ignoring the ubiquitous dislike for the PSP Go from almost every gaming site, is there any evidence that Sony's lost money or market? I don't think failing to outsell the DS counts as failing in business terms. I can understand people complaining about lack of UMD support, but the smaller form factor and exclusion of game disks is exactly why it was appealing to me. I have a Go loaded with at least forty games on it (to say nothing of the games I bought and then deleted), and typically have about 20 shows and movies on it from the Playstation Network--and I wouldn't have bought 80% of that if I weren't playing it on a Go. That extra revenue is noteworthy--there is no legitimate used-games market for the PSP Go.

I did some quick searches, but Sony's been very tight about detailing how the Go fit into their strategy--but I promise it wasn't to compete on its own.

I think this discontinuation has more to do with the preparing for the NGP and responding to a significant increase in production trade-offs after Sony froze down 10 factories post earthquake, and as of 4/6 only 1 had resumed.

Mittens said:

I should note that you didn't say it failed. Several other sources did. Sorry, I just totally projected on your article; I've got issues.

Super Swede said:

You did touch on my point, that Sony's most likely streamlining their production. The hard profit/loss numbers on the Go are very hard to find, but that with the PSP 3000 making up the bulk of PSP sales, it seems sensible that Sony would focus on that.

I owned a Go and I didn't care for it, despite the fact that I do like the idea of having (as an option) a digital catalog of games. Nonetheless, whatever I, writers for other sites, or anyone's mother says about it is irrelevent if the system's sales are generating a significant benefit for the company. Even if the Go was a success in terms of net profit, it stands to reason (as you pointed out) that Sony is has an interest, especilly now, in efficiant utilization of resources in preparation for the NGP. Thus, I suspect that even if the Go was going well by raw numbers, the PSP 3000 is doing better.

To each their own. I certainly have opinions on the different systems (which probably come across as a bit caustic), but when we get right down to it, I'm just happy to see people enjoying gaming, regardless of their console of choice.

-Minnesotan Hippie out-

Pauwow said:

I see your point, if you don't have UMDs or just a few, the pspGo is not a bad choice. My problem is that I own a psp-3000 with more than 30 games in UMD. Also I think that the problem was not just the lack of UMD "transition" but also that some of the big titles (like Final Fantasy Dissidia) did not appear in the store in the moment of the launch or it took forever. Also often the pre-order promotions are much better in UMD, like for example PE3. The UMD version in amazon gave me a nice Jumpei hat. Also the game has an option make an instalation so the loading times are really good.

PSN is a rip-off and you know it. Here in the UK games are almost double their retail equivalent. I will not be joining Sony and their next "revolutionary" piece of "tech" (that is until an exclusive Silent Hill Game is released, god damn it).

Pauwow said:

Another example:
Final Fantasy Dissdia 012 Legacy Edition UMD version includes:
-A copy of the game in a white PSP case with special cover artwork
-Exclusive downloadable costumes for Tifa and Squall
-6 character lithograph art prints
-A voucher for a 50% discount off the purchase of the original FINAL FANTASY game from PlayStation Store.

Final Fantasy Dissdia 012 PSN Store includes:
- eeeh... the game

Which one do you think is the better deal?

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