PSP Go's Future Looks Shaky as More Signs Point to Its Demise

PSP Go's Future Looks Shaky as More Signs Point to Its Demise

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Sony Europe's denials notwithstanding, the future for the PSP Go is looking bleaker and bleaker.

The PSP Go was always something of a non-starter, thanks to factors like a high price tag and no room for physical media, and for many people it was really only a matter of time before Sony pulled the plug. Now, with the emergence of new evidence suggesting Sony is discontinuing the device, it appears that time is at hand.

The original rumors started a few days ago, after a Japanese blogger noticed that consumers were no longer able to purchase the PSP Go on the Sony website. The blogger, who also claimed to be a Sony Store employee, said that Sony had confirmed to him that it would not be shipping any more PSP Go stock out. SCE Europe was evasive when asked about these rumors, however, neither confirming or denying them.

"It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices," the company said in a statement. "Before the end of the year we are launching NGP ... In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, Essentials range of games and we will continue to meet that demand."

According to Japanese website Philweb however, SCE Japan is taking a rather different position, and has confirmed that it will not be making any more PSP Goes. What's more, Andrisang notes that the listings for the handheld on the Japanese PlayStation website have been amended with a small note saying "Shipments Ended" in the bottom left hand corner.

While this seems pretty conclusive evidence, Sony still hasn't formally announced it and made it all nice and official. It seems a bit of a stretch to continue to call this rumor though. We've contacted Sony, and will update if and when someone comes back to us.

Source: Andrisang

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It's not official? Kotaku would beg to differ.

http://kotaku.com/#!5793843/its-official-the-pspgo-is-dead

did anyone actually buy one?

Yes... Kill it... Kill it with fire no production...

About damn time. It was a big mistake and it died when they launched it, since maybe 10000 people buyed it.

Well this was a shocker! I am flabbergasted! I was so shocked I even lost my monocle!

PSP Go... ing, Going... Going... Gone!

Gamer: Die, monster. You don't belong in this world!

PSP Go: It was not by my hand that I am once again, remade. I was called here, by consumers who wish to donwload media.

Gamer: Download media? You steal mens souls and make them your slaves!

PSP Go: Perhaps the same could be said of all video game consoles...

Gamer: Your words are as empty as your UMD drive!

Mankind ill needs a handheld, such as you.

PSP Go: What is a UMD? (tosses UMD disc) A miserable little pile of plastic.

But enough text, have at you!

uguito-93:
did anyone actually buy one?

I honestly didn't. lol 250$ for a PSP that can't play UMD's and looks flimsy. No thanks, Sony.

I looked at PSP Go. I then looked at PSP 3000. I looked back at PSP Go. I gave it the finger. <3 my 3000.

I thought this thing was killed off over a year ago. Never ever saw one to buy in the shops XD

Tiswas:
I thought this thing was killed off over a year ago. Never ever saw one to buy in the shops XD

I seen them here, at one store. That's about it, lol.

I have a PSPGo, and personally, I love it more than I did my 2000 series. It suits my needs nicely;

- It's smaller and fits comfortably in my pocket apposed to say a giant brick

- no longer do I need to carry a small stack of UMD's with me if I wanted to play several games

- built in 'pause' function so if I want to listen to music and pick up my game from the exact point i left it at, i can do just that (best feature imo).

- better battery life (not hard to beat 4-5hrs but hey, it beats it)

- In a lot of cases, I've seen better prices on PSN that at my local EB Games.

- Bluetooth PS3 Controller support for those PS1 classic games that require 4 shoulder buttons (dunno if the 3000 does this)

- Built in 16GB HDD, my 2000 only had 1GB and EB wanted 40 bucks for a 10GB stick, FUCK THAT!

Negatives:

- From time to time, I have seen some games at my local EB Games that I will likely never see on PSN (Warhammer 40k: Squad Command, Mega Man Powered Up, Metal Gear Ac!d Series)

- There have been times when new games come out, Peace Walker for example, that have pre-order bonuses like a Big Boss Bandana, I can't get those anymore unless I wanna waste extra money.... Oh, how I wanted that bandana.... :(

- This is something I noticed day one of having a PSPGO; My old one gave me a rough estimate of how much time I had left in the battery (hours:minutes) the GO doesn't give me that information, it just has the 3 bars.

I traded in my 2000 series and 6 games, none of which I bought back, and only spent 15 bucks for a PSPGO. It's been a great investment for me, and while I understand some of the hate towards it; I think it deserves SOME love, its built for people like me.

I just hope Sony realizes why no one bought a PSP Go. And for the NGP they allow at least some kind of physical media, even if it's just a UMD.

Logan Westbrook:

"...especially since the introduction of our value for money..."

What a strange way to word that sentence, it's like he's saying they just discovered money was valuable...

Asuka Soryu:
Gamer: Die, monster. You don't belong in this world!

PSP Go: It was not by my hand that I am once again, remade. I was called here, by consumers who wish to donwload media.

Gamer: Download media? You steal mens souls and make them your slaves!

PSP Go: Perhaps the same could be said of all video game consoles...

Gamer: Your words are as empty as your UMD drive!

Mankind ill needs a handheld, such as you.

PSP Go: What is a UMD? (tosses UMD disc) A miserable little pile of plastic.

But enough text, have at you!

Fucking WIN.

On Topic: Glad to see that piece of shit get gone.

Looking at that picture, what is the CD-ROM for? I never got one :S..

Is this surprising news to anybody?

Stammer:
I just hope Sony realizes why no one bought a PSP Go. And for the NGP they allow at least some kind of physical media, even if it's just a UMD.

Its memory sticks.

You mean this thing isn't dead yet? I thought it was a failure right out the gate.

I wonder how much the price drop will be this time if stores still have them? Maybe $59.99 or $29.99?

I don't think the PSP Go was a bad idea, it was just too early for an all digital handheld. Anyway, I'm quite content with my PSP 3000 and will be until the NGP arrives. In which case I will squeal like a little girl the moment it is handed to me over the counter in the store. I will figure out how to deal with whatever reaction I get later.

It was an interesting idea with a seriously flawed execution, and I seriously doubt even Sony took the thing seriously. I mean, if they did, they would have probably developed it and promoted as the newest PSP generation.

The idea of a download only device was interesting, but the lack of backwards compatibility with UMD games, the inability to transfer your old PSP games to the Go, and barely any of those past PSP games being available on PSN for download, it was a flop to start with.

Game Over.

Continue?

10...9...8...

Continue!

NGP, go!

Stammer:
I just hope Sony realizes why no one bought a PSP Go. And for the NGP they allow at least some kind of physical media, even if it's just a UMD.

From what I've heard it will use the same plastic card thing that the DS uses, with enhanced capacity.

 

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