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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