Sony confirms death of PSP Go

Sony has put an end to rumors surrounding the death of the PSP Go by confirming it has indeed ceased production on the lackluster portable in order to pool its focus on the upcoming NGP.

According to its statement to Japanese website AV Watch, which has since been translated and verified by Sony to the North American press, the PSP Go has officially been pulled from the production lines after a short one-and-a-half year run on retail shelves. The decision follows a history of lukewarm sales stemming from stiff competition and general consumer reluctance to buy in to the system's download-only format.

PSP Go's troubles were evident from the start. Less than a year after its launch, Sony began talking about the system in past tense, and in his mid-2010 interview with MCV, SCEE President and CEO Andrew House even referred to it as more of a marketing experiment than anything else, explaining, “One of the reasons we launched PSPgo was to understand where that consumer behaviour was going. We were getting signals from consumers that this was the kind of device that they wanted. But we need to recognise that consumers like their packaged media library.”

Though it may be giving up the PSP Go ghost, Sony said it will continue to produce the PSP-3000 for as long as it continues to sell. It's next handheld, codenamed the NGP, is expected to drop this holiday season.

[Source: CNET]

Apr 20, 2011

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  • AuthorityFigure - April 21, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    If it didn't look so wimpy, and if it played UMDs I'm sure it would of been fine. Hold on - my PSP-2000 does BOTH those things already...
  • jmcgrotty - April 21, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    OK, usually I don't let myself get suckered into commenting about things like this, but can someone translate DrLovez69's comment? Or is it just a continuation of his nonsensical full comment? And SomeOddGuy, if the NGP has any success in pushing for digital downloads to be considered acceptable, then the system will be an absolute failure on every level. Digital media is an unacceptable farce. Please, people, don't encourage that crap.
  • NanoElite666 - April 21, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    GOing, GOing... ... GOne...
  • SomeOddGuy - April 21, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    Despite the fact that the system just had plain awful timing release(no person in their right mind would upgrade to this, having to entirely depart with their physical collection and having to rebuy them, which wasn't entirely possible), I think Sony really doomed this thing by trying to sway customers this was the way to go when the PSP models at the time could do everything this could do and a little more(Play UMDs, and nowadays being able to use the PSP camera). I still enjoy mine, but it could easily have been predicted back then that this would never have been a very wise idea when its direct competition looked so much more appealing to the mass than strict digital media.(download speed and installations for games do suck though) Hopefully the NGP has much more success convincing customers that Digital is a means to go with physical media working on the sidelines. P.S.- isn't it a little funny how the PSP Go(well, more or less the downloadable games really which can be run on a regular PSP with proper memory space) is backwards compatible to the NGP while the PSP is not?
  • Spybreak8 - April 21, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    DOA, that's all I'm sayin.
  • chilarome - April 21, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    I still use my PSP-3000 so why would I need a PSPGo? Good job stopping this useless piece of junk. Give me the NGP and I'll be happy
  • Scoob - April 20, 2011 11 p.m.

    Also, the hate stemmed from the price: $249 at launch, which was more expensive than the Wii and Xbox 360 Arcade, and not much cheaper than a PS3 or Xbox 360 Pro while at the same time getting less than a regular PSP for the same price as the original's launch in 2005.
  • mackshizzle - April 20, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I hope the NGP doesn't cost more than the 3DS and it has more support from other systems.
  • DrLovez69 - April 20, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    PSPG2G... He...he hehehehe HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....hehe....uuuhhh....ah Don't look at me like that, a pun for every comment section, Rule 19, paragraph 5, part D, "Puns are Funs" god, its common knowledge, and thus, I do take this oath.. I, DrLovez69, a 3 year or so reader of Gamesradar, whom rarely comments, do so take this pledge and solemnly swear to pun-itinerary every article I read from this moment in time, till death. Or until skynet takes over, cuz' like, den I cant use computerz man. and yes, I usually spend my Tuesdays like this.
  • Blue2 - April 20, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I had held a pspgo before (in store) and I did like it but I haven't let go the physical copy idea just yet but I have a want factor for the NGP. @BlindMarksman the hate is mostly towards the UMD-less idea of sony as well it's more expansive then the PSP but has less features. Lot of PSP owners already (like me) paid for UMD games and dislike the idea of paying the same game twice.
  • mockraven - April 20, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    PSPGo never died so much as it was stillborn. Glad to see that the PSP-3000 is still getting support, but when I went to pick up Patapon 3 last night, the pre-order list at GameStop showed only 3 upcoming titles for the PSP. I wonder if people are holding back for the release of the NGP.
  • Balaska - April 20, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    It was hated as you couldn't use all your UMDs if you upgraded from the old PSP, meaning you had to rebuy your entire library.
  • BlindMarksman - April 20, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    I don't know anything about the PSPGo. Can anyone tell exactly WHY was it so hated?
  • Letter11 - April 20, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Does anyone know someone who actually owned one of these? The majority of my friends play videogames and I've never even a PSP-Go in person. Total Failure. NGP is looking sweet though.

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