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