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Sony PSPgo Is Gone But PSP-3000 Remains

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Sony PSPgo Is Gone But PSP-3000 Remains

Rumours that the PSPgo was being discontinued by Sony have been flying around for a while now and today a Japanese website is quoting an official company statement confirming the matter.

Impress Watch is quoting an official Sony spokesperson saying production of the PSPgo has been halted, though it will continue to offer support, firmware updates and repairs for the handheld console for the foreseeable future. Rumours began circulating earlier this week when a Japanese blogger announced the fact that Sony had halted production on his blog. Strangely Sony failed to deny or confirm the issue – until now. Sony has also said it will continue to sell the PSP-3000 in the coming months as it prepares for the launch of the NGP later in the year.

The PSPgo was launched in January 2009 and did away with the UMD format adding 16GB of internal storage instead. The console had a slide out keyboard and while the hardware itself was up to scratch, the initial high price and inability to play UMD games meant it was never a big seller. With the PSP, the PSPgo and PSP 3000 all failing to meet the expectations Sony had for its handheld console, it will be hoping that the NGP will be able to out-perform the newly released Nintendo 3DS, not only in technical terms but in sales figures as well.

Source: Impress Watch

Aidey

April 20, 2011, 5:07 pm

No surprise that the PSPgo has been halted but the PSP in its various guises has sold over 60million units which is not too shabby considering it's up against the handheld king of Nintendo from GameBoy to DS, not forgetting Game and Watch too. It still does well in Japan.

It will be interesting to see how well it does not only up against the 3DS, but iOS and Android who are making inroads into the gaming market too...

debrucey

April 20, 2011, 7:14 pm

Hardly surprising when there was a huge black hole in the catalogue of downloadable games. Let's hope they get it right with the NGP, i.e. full backwards compatibility with PSP titles, all of which to be made available electronically along with a whole host of popular PS1 and PS2 classics.

Ohmz

April 21, 2011, 4:50 am

Not surprised in the slightest. I thought it was a stupid product when it was announced and looks like I was right.

Who was going to buy a system so locked down when all it does is play games?

At least with the DS you can buy used games at low prices.

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