PSP gets price cut in Japan

TGS 2009: Sony cuts Japanese price of PSP-3000 to equal that of the DS Lite; no price change on the PSP Go.

At the Tokyo Game Show, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it will cut the price of the PSP-3000 in Japan starting October 1. The handheld gaming machine will be offered at ¥16,800 ($185), a ¥3,000 markdown from its current ¥19,800($218) price.

Targeted for the year-end sales, the change will make the PSP exactly the same price as Nintendo's DS Lite and 2,100 yen cheaper than the DSi. Nintendo has not announced any price cut for either of its handhelds, although a price cut for the Wii console, from ¥25,000 to ¥20,000 will go into effect on the same day as the cut for the PSP-3000.

Sony did not announce any changes to the price of its PSP Go, which is slated for Japanese release on November 1 for ¥26,800 ($295). But, as a launch campaign, the handheld will come with a product code that allows purchasers to download a free game from a selection of 14 SCE titles.

The PSP Go will get two new peripherals too: a Bluetooth headset adaptor that lets users wirelessly control music (¥4,980, $55) and a converter cable adapter (¥1,980 yen, $22) that lets users attach PSP accessories to their PSP Go, such as the GPS receiver, camera, and OneSeg TV tuner. The two peripherals will be released first in Japan on December 24 and then overseas (North America, Europe, Asia) sometime after January 2010.

Sony also revealed that the PSP Go will get the same lineup of accessories that the PSP already has. That includes the cradle, accessory pack, display protection film, privacy film, pouch & strap, D cable, component AV cable, AV cable, USB cable, and AC adapter. In Japan, the accessories will be released simultaneously with the PSP Go's launch.

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flyingteddy
flyingteddy

@qubeley, Of course it would be more, it is a whole redesign, more memory, bluetooth, different battery, ports, new screen and so on. It will take a while before manufacturing costs will come down on it (and be passed on to us) least with Sony you know that is a guarantee unlike other companies.

qubeley
qubeley

I just think that PSPgo is an overpriced piece of hardware. The hardware design is based on the Internet communication device they already have, all they did is put in PSP component minus the UMD Drive (which is the most expensive component on PSP). So the price should actually be cheaper overall. I was excited at first but then when I saw the price tag, it is like a bucket of cold water cos it really should not be sold at that price level

MADDjoe
MADDjoe

with 2 of the console makers putting there systems at 200 dollars. I doubt the psp go will do very well. I think the sweet spot for handhelds is around $150 to $180. They should drop of the price of current psp to $120 and the go to $180. Also who in their right mind is going to be carring all these accessroys with them. If your going to add a gps receiver or a camera to something make it part of the system.

Ryguy4738
Ryguy4738

The PSP Go needs a price drop, or at least a good game to come packaged with

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

nintendo will probably cut prices of the dslite to 99 next watch lol

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

With Japan being just about the only country left were the PSP is still sells really well, its nice to see they are getting a cut on the system.

lionheart234
lionheart234

not worth it..... psp-go only looks stylish

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

still waiting to see some long time reliability reviews before getting a pspgo. for now i'm content with my psp3K.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Maybe...just maybe...if they lower the price here in the US...I will upgrade from my PSP-1000 to a PSP-3000. Then I can give the kids the old one... or maybe I'll do a trade to save more money? I'm certainly not getting a Go. I have a 4GB memory stick and that should be enough for having a couple games loaded at a time to play without needing discs. I also have a feeling that 2011 will see the release of the PSP successor (PSP2). So I might be holding off on any new PSP hardware purchases until after E32010 anyway. _

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Odds are it will happen here in the states and elsewhere as well. Japan almost always gets things first, then everyone else.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

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