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Is it time for the PSPGo to Go? |


Sales of the Go in Japan have plummeted.

At launch the PSP Go sold less than 30k units during it’s first week in Japan. Now it averages slightly more than 1k a week. In comparison,the regular version of the original PSP sold 39k units in Japan this week pass alone. The PSP Go is being outsold by the PS2 in the land of the rising sun.

As you can see by the following graph, courtesy of Gamasutra, PSP Go sales are just as dismal in the United States when compared to the original PSP.

As you may have guessed, Sony’s not too happy with Go sales. The company may be considering a price cut or to discontinue the GO all together.

 “…So we’re going back and re-communicating, and I’m sitting here looking at multiple decks on what we’re going to do this year.” stated a publisher relations VP “You’ll see a lot of things coming out from us to better educate and inform the consumer. All I can say is watch this space, because we’ll have answers to those questions.”

 Can a price cut boosts sales of the Go like it did the PS3, or should Sony cut their losses where the Go is concerned and give it the axe?

  • bad company

    get rid of it and make a new one with rumble, 2 joysticks and
    some phone company contract so you can play online anywhere

  • SicSemperTyranis

    I have a Go and I love it. That being said it’s overpriced and so are the games. If I were Sony I would cut the price by $100 and $10 off dowloadable games. Give people an incentive to want to buy it.

  • they should go for a PSP2, dual analog sticks, possibly a touch screen, and maybe some gyros. there’s a lot they can do, actually. Especially since the iPhone is becoming a big-time game platform now.

  • Royalty32

    I called it a long time ago and ppl on this site wanted to get mad at me. The pspgo is a waste of money and is a HUGE EPIC FAIL. Nobody wanted to belive when though. Im with Jimmy, 2 analog sticks and a touch screen would definitly get the psp on track. I mean jus think about it, why pay $250 dollars for a pspgo when ps3’s are jus $50 more. Bad move on Sonys part, maybe they’ll introduce the psp2 at E3.

  • Mike

    It was a horrible product to begin with. Their idea to combat piracy was to punish people who already had a collection of UMD games. On top of that the cards they sell at retail for Games like God of War cost no less than the packaged disc version. I don’t mind moving to digital distribution, but don’t push out a device that doesn’t work with my entire library.

  • yea they really shot them selves in the foot when they made this and than cut the ps3 price for 50 bucks more you could have a ps3. I never did like the idea of this but hey can’t blame em for trying.

  • They could have made this a winner if they added a second analog stick (No, *adding something* does not break compatibility) and making L1/L2 buttons, thus making it compatible with every PS2 / PS3 game to be remotely played. Existing PSP users would have a reason to *upgrade*

    PSP games still would use only one anologue stick, for example. PSP go brought nothing new to the table expect for lacking UMD.

  • EdEN

    Since PSP games are priced the same (or in some cases more expensive) than those in retail, there is no real incentive to get a Go since you can’t resell/trade games with friends, The price needs to go down by $50, include download vouchers for 2 GOOD movies and 2 GOOD games and one might consider getting it. Still, as it is if I EVER get a PSP I’ll probably buy a 2000 or 3000.

  • Mike

    I almost bought this thing when it came out, I had it in my hand twice, but decided against it, thought it would go down because the internet was against the price. Good thing because I hardly have any use for one these days. I wonder if anyone would buy it even if it was 170, I think the games are a bit expensive online. Japan especially isn’t ready for this, they like to own a physical copy of their game in Japan. America is, but it must be done right.

  • Mark

    PSP was dead at launch

  • They need to allow digital distribution from other stores too, to get some competitive pricing on games, it doesn’t help that the unit itself is expensive. I love my PSPGo though, brings me much joy but I never had an original PSP. You have to look at it as an alternative rather than a successor.