Price drop announced for PSP Go

The “Go” in “PSP Go” could stand for many things. “Go far away from this;” “here, you can have a Go, I don't want to play;” “why won't the discs for my PSP Go?” Yes, jabs at the download-only handheld are easy (and fun!): a sensible enough idea whose time, sales figures would suggest, hasn't come. In acknowledgement of adopter reluctance, Sony have announced a $50 price drop – cutting the machine's price by 25% in an effort to have you saying, “I'd better Go get one!”

Above: Sony is now offering a 3-game bundle for the old price of the bare-bones system

The new prices have been announced on Sony's site, but Joystiq reports they're still working their way onto retailers' price lists. Once everyone's up with the play, a Go will now cost $US149 - that's $20 more than the recently re-priced PSP-3000 series (the Go's significantly higher price-point over its UMD-inclusive big brother was never its most popular feature). The unit's old $199 price now includes three free games: Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 and the original LittleBigPlanet for PS3.

Above: At the Go's old price-point, you can now get acquainted with Sackboy et al

If this all seems a little late, bear in mind that – PS3 backwards-compatibility fracas aside – Sony have always shown strong commitment to a back-catalog soon to include the PSP range. With Nintendo's 3DS Virtual Console building steam and Apple's App Store shifting countless games, download-based gaming could be coming into vogue just in time. This could be the year, after all, that PSP does not Go gentle into that good night (relax, that was the last one).

Does this price-drop inspire you to take another look at the PSP Go? Got any more strained Go puns to inflict upon us all? Let us know.

Mar 3, 2011

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  • TDUBBS - March 4, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Still won't buy it.
  • jmcgrotty - March 4, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    "All PSP Go games are compatible with the NGP as well" Give me a break. You don't know that to be the case until it actually comes out. Just because they might have said it or rumors are saying it, that doesn't make it true. Proof? Look no farther than the aforementioned Go to see that what is announced doesn't always come to be. And one of the initial comments in this article is dead-on. A download-only systems time has not come, and it never will. Downloadable content is pathetic, and is killing the industry. It isn't as bad as in-game chat (NOTHING else is that bad) or multiplayer, but it's a system killer.
  • Fistly - March 4, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    NORMALLY, i wouldn't bother to buy such a thing... but.. considering how they've recently figured out how to mod it...... it might be time for an upgrade!
  • YES - March 4, 2011 5:56 a.m.
  • metroid2099400 - March 4, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    I've owned a PSP Go for over a year now, and really, I've enjoyed the hell out of it. I've got all of the original Crash Bandicoot games on it, and I'm always taking it with me to play a bit of CTR or Wipeout. The only thing that I didn't like is selling all of my games when I "upgraded", because I've been too lazy to buy them all back. I've found that buying points cards to buy games is so much more of a hassle than just buying the games off the rack, so my game collection for the PSP is abysmally small.
  • papergoon - March 4, 2011 4:26 a.m.

    Price drop wouldn't make me GO out and buy one of those sliding paperweights
  • Jesse1066 - March 4, 2011 4 a.m.

    It would only be worth it if it cost less than a PSP 3000... unless you don't have any UMDs. It's still not worth it in my opinion.
  • Japanaman - March 4, 2011 3:44 a.m.

    I bought and sold lots of PSPs because I got bored with the lineup, the collections I had, needed to replace my 360, etc., but when I got my PSP Go, I never looked back. Sure, it was partly because I knew which games I wanted to own based upon titles I already played and because I couldn't sell my games, but frankly, I prefer the design, it's sleek and fits in my pocket, it comes wtih a ton of memory, and the analog stick is MUCH better than the PSP's. All PSP Go games are compatible with the NGP as well, so I wish people would stop putting it down. Eventually, PSP owner's disks will crack or the laser will stop reading games, while the PSP Go will keep on ticking.
  • CoryRX8 - March 4, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    I wouldn't say that the idea that led to the PSP Go's time hadn't come. It was Sony's god awful support of the unit led to its poor sales. First, they promised a "goodwill" program for people with UMD collections. Did that ever happen? Nope. Second, they promised the entire PSP library. There are plenty of older gamers that never came out on the Playstation Store, and plenty more brand-new games that don't have any release planned. That should have been in the third-party license agreement just as soon as they started planning the unit. Sony's incompetence in handling what really was a great piece of hardware is absolutely astonishing. It's obvious that the whole intent of this unit was to get around the PSP's rampant piracy problem by forcing heavily-DRMed downloads from the Playstation store instead of selling easy-to-pirate UMDs. Why they allowed the Go to flop so badly is beyond me.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 4, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    It's not worth it. Still waiting for the NGP, and my PSP-3001 is doing just fine. I see no need to care- nor should anyone else.

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