PSP Go day-one sales top 28,000 in Japan

Enterbrain reports Sony's newest portable sees above-average demand in island nation following November 1 launch.

Sony has been pushing the PSP heavily this year, but that attention hasn't translated to increased sales of the portable platform. As part of its sagging April-September financial report last week, Sony said that the PSP gave up ground from last year, selling 3 million units to 3.2 million during the same period in 2008. Still, the figure did not include sales of the $250 PSP Go, which was released in North America and Europe on October 1 and Japan on November 1.

The PSP Go isn't meant to replace the PSP-3000.

Though Sony has yet to indicate how well the PSP Go has performed in the West, stat-tracking firm Enterbrain today attached a figure to the handheld hardware's fourth iteration debut in Japan. As reported by Japanese gaming news site Andria Sang, the PSP Go sold 28,275 units during its first day on sale in Japan. According to Andria Sang, the PSP Go launched alongside a number of retail and downloadable offerings, including Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning, MotorStorm Raging Ice, and Persona 3 Portable.

The PSP Go's opening sales are significantly lower than those of the Nintendo DSi, which launched in Japan during the first week of November 2008. As reported by Enterbrain last year, Nintendo's ¥18,900 ($209) system sold 170,779 units during its first 48 hours on the market. During the week of October 19-25, the PSP-3000 sold 32,865 units in Japan, according to Media Create.

As noted by Andria Sang, Enterbrain reports that the PSP has sold 12,797,180 units in Japan since the handheld's original iteration launched in December 2004. Announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the PSP Go lacks a UMD drive, favoring instead digital media downloaded through the PlayStation Store. The device is also slimmer than the PSP-3000, which Sony continues to sell, and features 16GB of on-board flash memory.

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Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

@MagicOneUp I understand the pain, the economy is bad and only some can afford to buy it. You have my sympathy.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@gamefather101 the pspGO should be priced under the psp3000 cos its the same techs with less... plus DL games should cost less than physical games. its another $ony way of gouging the people.... and you are on it list

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

@Zerosumgame you are an obsolete. Digital distribution 'might' be the future, but for now, today, right now, the people don't accept it and the sales figure of the GO said it all... me too i don't even bother with the thing

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

The AUSTRALIA PSPgo first week sales figure were "less than 1000" units!!!! what an epic flop. so far the only place i saw it advertised was at Harvey Norman.... going for $450au.... GO figure.... i don't think its a GO for any decent people

marc5477
marc5477

The PSPGO was a failure from inception. It will never sell well and will only decline in popularity over time and I cant believe anyone thinks otherwise. The reasons are fundamentally simple: #1 digital distribution is a good idea, but Sony is overcharging. How can Sony justify full 'hard copy' retail price for a digital download? This is the biggest problem facing the GO immediately. This alienates value customers. #2 No backward compatibility with the PSP means people will have to re-buy games they already own. This alienates original PSP customers and those who want hard copies like myself. #3 Tech savvy consumers are 1000x better off buying a windows based smart phone. The smart phones have stronger processing power, more flexibility, and similar resolutions. You may not be able to play PSP games on them but who would want to given how bad those games are? Even techies who buy a PSP dont use it to play PSP games. Who is left? Non tech savvy people who have never owned a PSP that dont want hard copies of their purchases that have money to throw away during a recession. Good luck Sony.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Sony will not listen to people that didn't buy their products and just complain about it. Digital distribution is the future and accept it or be obsolete. Simple as that. F!

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

i just bought my white PSPGO yesterday, it's awesome... watching Aliens on it now. I also bought Resident Evil to play on it... it's sad, this old game is still more challenging and fun than RE5. I look forward to getting LBP PSP on the 17th.

Trogeton
Trogeton

The psp go is actually doing pretty good on sales

Talldude80
Talldude80

@ Lightsyde - i think you misread. but i was trying to say that sony (and other companies) are lazy when they sell digital games for full price. They can sell infinite copies of a digital game without spending a dime. hence why digital downloads should be ALOT cheaper, not the same price as a UMD, DVD, etc.

johnangelo7
johnangelo7

As far as the price goes, just get it when there is a price drop if it's to much to spend for you now, eventually it will happen but probably not till next holiday season at the earliest if not 2011 Christmas watch it happen

johnangelo7
johnangelo7

I think this is more of a tactical move from Sony to shift handheld technology into the next generation. Obviously iPhone dominates on a casual gaming market and Sony recognizes the 21,000,000 owners of the iPhone and the market it stands in...I really feel bad for the previous psp 3000 owners because they can't transfer umd into digital files and I think that's where Sony probably reached a wall. But it is necessary to move handheld gaming into the internal memory digital downloadable era and keep up with the technical shifts and set trends instead of being behind in technology. Nintendo is doing a great job with the dsi but eventually they will have to move digitally like Sony. Sony I starting into something new and watch everyone follow. I don't own a psp but will soon to replace my itouch for media/ web browsing. Don't use it for gaming at all. I own a ps3 and am a hardcore gamer for that reason. This new psp will be very convienent for me because I travel often and I don't want to carry around umds...makes perfect sense to me

MyLameUsername
MyLameUsername

@ TheVGamer It depends on what you want to do. Play hand held or play on a console, the graphics on a PSP aren't that bad, there actually really good for a handheld.

MyLameUsername
MyLameUsername

I still have the PSP 1000. The only problem with the PSP Go is that there is no UMD slot so if you've got a bunch of UMD's you can't use them, and buying used UMD's are much cheaper than downloading them.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Always good to see some stats and what people make of them :)

cjasko94
cjasko94

Like everyone is saying IF IT WAS CHEAPER SONY, PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY BUY IT!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

the price is too high. but to sell in japan alone 28,000 in one day is a nice profit for sony. i expect the price to go down before chrsmas

Lightsyde
Lightsyde

@Talldude80 No, you've got it wrong. You don't pay for a digital game twice. If you've paid for a game, it always stays on your account and you can download it as many times as you like, cause it's yours.

Lightsyde
Lightsyde

I just hope the sales pick up. The price is retarded, but the console is itself is very sweet. You'd be surprised how much more you play games when you can access everything right in the system instead of looking everywhere for a particular UMD. But the price is just stupid.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

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brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

moaning about the psp go not having a UMD drive and no second analog stick is just being stupid. If you have a psp 3000 already then you dont need this (similarly you dont need a ps3 slim if you already got a ps3) its for those who dont have it yet or want it because of its portability.

linksmario
linksmario

I bought a PSP go, I was a little dissapointed with how much memory the games take Ive already taken 11gb. And you really notice the difference withe size of the screen. I would recommend getting the psp 3000.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@TheVGamer We're not talking about money in general here, we're talking about you comparing the price between PS3 and PSP, they're made for different purposes, different ways of gaming. So therefore you cannot compare the pricetags of two consoles from the different category.

quiksurfer
quiksurfer

cmon s0ny enough of this sh1t seriously u gotta come up with better stuff than this junk nintendo is no better anyway HAHA

gamefather101
gamefather101

Maybe this'll shutup all the trolls saying that the system failed. There's nothing wrong with it it's just not for people that already have PSPs. **************************************************** There are 3 things wrong with it. 1) The price is way to high. It should br priced less then the PSP 3000 2) It doesn't include a UMD slot to play older UMD games. 3) It doesn't offer any different then the cheaper PSP 3000, except for a flip screen. With the PSP 3000, you can still download games and play it on it. **************************************************** did he just not say that it's not for people who already own a PSP, so why would it have a UMD drive to play older games and it offers 16GB of flash memory, i think that would also be a difference between the 3000 and the Go...my only problem is the price, so for those of you who already own a PSP don't insult this console, of course it wouldn't appeal to you it would appeal to people who are interested in becoming an owner of a PSP

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@TheVGamer So please explain how it would be the wise choice to choose the PS3? Because I will go of the fact you are talking about making a wise choice based on a budget and if you wanted to game why not buy an all in one handheld console for cheaper than a regular console where you would also ned to but a TV...

FinalDuo1886
FinalDuo1886

I just noticed how all comment that actually just have a opinion about the product in a bad way, which is clearly justify for people who have a PSP that isn't Go, are getting massive thumbs down. Fan boys are really sad people.

Flint247
Flint247

I don't have a PSP, but if I had a choice, I would go with PSP 3000 instead.

zombehman
zombehman

I myself enjoy owning my PSP 3000 and I have no intention of buying a PSP GO if I have to re-buy all of my previously owned games plus it doesn't even have a second analog stick so why would I buy the same thing (except this one doesn't let me play my old games) again?

thrasher510
thrasher510

Wings_008 lol, your funny you contradicted yourself. "the PSP is a dumb idea, and sales reflect this" if it was dumb why would anyone buy it. if it was a dumb idea people wouldn't want it. just because you cant afford it or for whatever reason you didn't buy it doesn't mean its a dumb idea. and plus if it was a dumb idea, why are developers still making games for it? think about what your going to write before you post something.

XanderZane
XanderZane

gnbfd Maybe this'll shutup all the trolls saying that the system failed. There's nothing wrong with it it's just not for people that already have PSPs. **************************************************** There are 3 things wrong with it. 1) The price is way to high. It should br priced less then the PSP 3000 2) It doesn't include a UMD slot to play older UMD games. 3) It doesn't offer any different then the cheaper PSP 3000, except for a flip screen. With the PSP 3000, you can still download games and play it on it.

thrasher510
thrasher510

i got the psp go and it was totally worth it (i didn't have one), but if you already have a psp i think it would be better if you spent your money on games.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Maybe this'll shutup all the trolls saying that the system failed. There's nothing wrong with it it's just not for people that already have PSPs.

risk93
risk93

Great design, but if you already have a PSP, that's a steep price just to upgrade...

Oni
Oni

Nice. I just hope folks in the US, Europe and beyond are smarter then those poor tech hungry Japanese. No offense, but with this recession and all, how can anyone justify buying games they've already purchased just for the luxury of not having to carry a few UMDs around?

king_bobo
king_bobo

@ fps_d0minat0r - in fairness, the iPhone is a download-only games platform to a certain extent, but your point is fairly valid. I can see that this is an experimentation, to test how the market responds to downloadable games - perhaps a consideration for the marketting strategies of the next generation? Personally, I prefer having content in physical form, simply because it has actual value, but that's just me.

anthonettex
anthonettex

Its funny how Sony still drops in PSP 3000 packs (Guitar Hero, Hannah Montana, GT) while selling the PSPGo. FYI I'm now proud of owning my first PSP and that happens to be the 3000!

itachi100
itachi100

At least now, sony can finally drop support for the original PSPs. PSP 3000 CFW, Here we come!

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@TevoxZi In my country (in Balkan) people don't have money for basic needs like food , so that I said is my country's philosophy. so that idea for having everything is almost impossible. In my country you have to choose wise.

Rusty2004
Rusty2004

just bought a 16gb card for 40 bucks, suck itttttttttttttttt LoLzz

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

Wow sony managed to pull it off. They actually found a way to resell games back to there customers without having to update the hardware. They striped down the price of production- cheaper components (internal), smaller screen. They dictate the publishing rights (you will only ever be able to buy a game thats not ok'd by sony) and people go mad on it? *facepalm* btw,16gb built in isnt the same as a 16gb card so don't even go there kozarman

elreddiablo
elreddiablo

the psp go got to go dumb ass sony.....

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

I wonder how long til a price drop.

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

PSP Go is really better than others PSP!

kozarman
kozarman

The PSP GO is WORTH every penny BECAUSE its has 16GB built in, think about how much a 16GB memory card by itself cost.. $100 to $140 and it has built in bluetooth!! i can use my BT headphone and maybe hopefully teather my iphone3g, i live in canada and I can teather iphone on rogers network to my laptop, so why not the PSPgo

charbelh
charbelh

If All the next gen Consoles are going to sell the games digitally i never going to buy a game again, i think is not bad that you have an option to buy your games digitally but there are games that i like so much that i want to buy it physical, even if its more expensive, so i can do with that copy whatever i want, is mine. So for me, physical copy is better.