PSP Go dead?

Sony ceasing to manufacture UMD-free $200 portable system, according to Japanese Sony Shop employee.

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Source: A blog entry reportedly written by a Japanese Sony Shop employee (translated by Andriasang).

What we heard: The PSP Go--the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo'sworst kept secret--is reportedly no more, according to a recent report. According to a blog entry from a Japanese Sony Shop employee, Sony has killed off the PSP Go. The blog claims that production of the portable device has ceased and that shops will not receive future shipments of the device.

Is the PSP Go going away for good?

Further, the device cannot be purchased through the Japanese Sony Style website, where it is listed as out of stock, with no time frame offered for when new units will arrive. It is still available via the North American Sony Style page for $200.

The PSP Go--which debuted in North America on Oct. 1 2009 at $250--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.

The official story: As of press time, Sony has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment or clarification on the matter.

Bogus or not bogus:? Sony is clearly ready to embrace a new handheld future, as it is preparing its Next Generation Portable for release by the end of 2011. As such, the PSP Go has to be phased out sometime--it's just a question of when, not if.

Media Create Japanese weekly sales figures have the portable rarely breaking 1,000 units sold. That stands in stark comparison to the regular PSP, which is currently the most popular platform in the island nation. During one week in February, the PSP outsold its digital distribution-focused counterpart 1,000 to 1.

Discussion

274 comments
Tacojoint
Tacojoint

probally is gng to get stopped, not many people actually enjoy the psp.

ggosse24
ggosse24

the system wouldn't have been as bad if the buttons weren't so clustered together, but its a smart idea to stop making them and move to the NGP.

geomyr
geomyr

well honestly i didn't like the over all design of the psp go so i m not surprise that sonny is stopping its production to bad for the go :(

renji4eva
renji4eva

the psp go wasnt any different from the psp, just smaller

Gamzz
Gamzz

i really want one still, its a cool device to own

Neophyte555
Neophyte555

its not a big surprise. the psp go didnt sell very well.

marvel456
marvel456

PSP GO, go away Don't come again another day

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

I'm on my iPad2, gaming sucks on mobile devices so far... I am done wasting money on Angry Birds etc, let's hope people support the NGP next time around.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

I've got a white PSPGO nd love it, the only thing I don't like is that it's hard to hold while playing intense games. I'll keep it as a collectors item, then get the NGP.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ Rottenwood Who said anything about constantly? I occasionally pull them out. Just as you said, "Life is short". I don't know about you, but I get out and do other things. From everything you've said, you make it sound like you sit around all day doing nothing but playing games 24/7 and being annoyed every time you have to get up from the couch. I'll bet you keep a piss jug by the couch. "Should I get up and walk to the toilet? Nah, life is too short. Ah, here's an empty water bottle." I suddenly got the image of you being like Cartman yelling "Bathroom! BATHROOM!" and having someone bring a plate for you to do your business. I'm actually starting to feel sad for you.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

It was a bad idea in the first place. Trying to compete with ipods? No that was never going to work.

beileveit
beileveit

I have a psp go, too me it's not all that bad.. it's small has a few more features and there is less loading time since there are no UMD's. i never really liked the UMD's they break to easy and i could only carry only a few of them in the bulky carrying case. But the psp go is really go when it's hacked. when it's hackes hands down it is way better then any other psp out so far because of them memory it offers. And when it comes to the money really?? you have to know where to look. I got mine for (used) but bran new, protector case, screen protector for 150$. I just think the psp go didn't sell that much because no one that has a psp is willing to buy a new psp that is more expensive.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

The biggest problem with the PSP Go was the insane pricing when it was released. The price point when it came out it was cheaper to buy a slim + 16GB memory stick. It was MUCH cheaper to buy a slim + 2 x 8GB. Funny thing is they are now actually pretty good value: They're the same price more or less as a 3000, you get 10 free games and can add another 8GB for very little. A 24GB PSP sounds pretty good. Losing access to all my UMDs not so so good.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@gohoanq I told you what I meant and everything I had to say. If you don't understand, not my problem. Adios.

Fantasy_Dragon
Fantasy_Dragon

@Rottenwood "rather than drag around a freakin' Genesis and the 7th-century T.V. adapter cables required to use it" I don't get that part. I wouldn't drag anything around unless I was moving. If I was in one place, I wouldn't have to worry about that.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Darth_Tyrranus Precisely. The Go was a total train wreck, but the technology is sound. A PSP with 20 games in the chamber is vastly superior to one using the clunky UMD format, where you have to keep all the other games in a baggie to bring with you. Who needs that crap? Not even feasible, really, on a plane or train ride. Give me one simple device that holds it all in one shot.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Fantasy_Dragon I've been gaming for 20+ years; the old software is fine. It's the format that's worthless. I still like having Toejam and Earl and Gunstar Heroes around to play, for example. However, I bought them for the Wii Arcade for pocket range, rather than drag around a freakin' Genesis and the 7th-century T.V. adapter cables required to use it. I loved blowing on those NES cartridges as much as the next guy, but it's time to evolve. Any game worth anything won't die. It will live again in emulation, or at www.gog.com or the dozen clones, or as DLC, or what have you. There's no need to cling to a physical copy of a game anymore, shotgun in hand. @Muteki_X I'm sorry, but storing, moving, and constantly hooking/un-hooking a dozen different systems IS too much work for me. Or for any sane person, really. Life is too short.

tom79806
tom79806

not suprised at the news even though i'm an owner of one it's death had been coming for a long time. it a shame though since i preferred the GO to the originals since i'm able to carry at least 10 games and 5 movies around with me without changing game disk or memory card plus it looks a lot better and it's controls on certain games work better than the 3000. can't wait till the NGP hope it comes out with the launch of Monster Hunter Portable 3

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

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Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@rottenwood While I think that old games can still be very fun to play, I do agree that downloadable games are the way of the future. I'm going to be moving to Japan early next year. Guess what I don't have room to bring along with me?

gohoanq
gohoanq

@lilrobda1 *sigh* dude you said "ur one person compared to the whole world" wth does that mean if not arguing the fact that I liked it by saying no one else did... I don't give a rats ass about the other parts.. I told you I understood that, what I don't understand is how someone can say one thing then argue the opposite for like 4 replies straight saying he didn't. Wanna Make it so people don't get confused? THEN SAY WHAT YOU MEAN. instead of being passive aggressive and moving around it so much you don't even know wth u meant. I'll end this here.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ Fantasy_Dragon You are spot on. I can't even begin to list the "primitive" games which still outshine many if not most of today's "cutting-edge" games. It wouldn't surprise me if Rottenwood is one of those people who thinks Michael Bay's CG stunt spectacular "movies" are the best on Earth because they have more flash and shine than the classics.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

you know something wrong when it was getting outsold by the ps2

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Muteki_X As opposed to what, physical media? Only the most blinkered, basement-dwelling goon still has 17 old consoles hooked up to a T.V. I don't have physical media older than the PS2, and why would I? It's a total waste of space, and if I get the occasional urge to play an oldie, it'll be emulated in a dozen places either for free or for a small price on a new console. This hobby, like the user base, is maturing to adulthood... it's time for nice, sleek living rooms where all of your games are accessible with a flip of the power switch. Netflix, DVR, the digital music revolution... it's how things work in 2011. Either hop on or be on team Betamax. If my drive crashes or I get a new computer, guess what? Steam or Sony lets me re-download everything I ever purchased without a single query. Let me know if Gamestop offers you the same deal if someone steals all your physical games. Once you go Steam, there's no going back. No more driving to strip malls and game shops full of shrieking kids, no more standing behind some guy in sweatpants trading in his worthless old games like you're at a flea market, no more wondering about backwards compatibility... it's a beautiful thing.

Fantasy_Dragon
Fantasy_Dragon

@Rottenwood An "old" game doesn't make it crappy. I still go back and enjoy my NES, SNES, etc. games, even the "crappy PS1 games." In with the new doesn't mean you have to forget about the old. Games are more than just cutting edge technology.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

PSP Go dead???? Was it ever alive in the first place?

atwhyte
atwhyte

I think everyone saw this coming... As for the headline WHY NO PUN? This was the perfect time for a psp go joke.... To Eddie I heard you're new but we love news headline puns. (at least I do)

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@ Rottenwood Yes, your digital purchases will be available for generations to come or at least until they remove them from available downloads and your drive crashes eliminating you entire library in one fell swoop, or they make a new system which makes all of your previous purchases null and void (Xperia Play anyone?) If arrogance is bliss, you have to be one of the happiest people ever.

blackace
blackace

I wonder how much money Sony lost on that piece of crap? lol!! Even though the NGP won't have UMD support, at least games will come on Flashcards and can be played from those. The PSP Go was a failure before it even hit retail shelves. If the NGP comes out at $250, I'll get it. That is a much better system for that price then the PSP Go. Sony marketers must have been high on something when they thought this device up.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

You had it coming,SONY! Focus on PS3 that's better for ya!!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@Fantasy_Dragon I'm sure your kids can't wait to play your crappy old PS1 games, as opposed to all of the state-of-the-art stuff their friends are enjoying. Nothing brings a family together like Fear Effect. Or perhaps you have a wife who is more tolerant of a living room full of dated junk. Also possible. @vega13mv Comparing the trade-in value of a successful platform to an unsucessful one is not a useful comparison. I'm not sure it's a useful anything. Have fun rebuying all of those DS games, though, for which you received pennies on the dollar. All of my PSP games are saved to my account and will be available for generations to come. Pretty handy, no? Seriously, guys, keep that Discman pride goin' strong. I'm sure it's gonna take back its market share from those digital music players any day now. Maintain that insane pride in supporting a decaying, inefficient medium!

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

It's pretty much a worthless iteration to the PSP line, anyway...

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@gohoanq Yeah, you did put words into my mouth. Seeing as though, that is not what I was saying and was comparing it to the statistics the news said how the PSP outsold the Go 1000 to 1, and that Sony goes by majority. If you don't understand, you can re-read my comments since there is nothing more to say. Yeah, you did go off-topic. lol

Pete5506
Pete5506

If it drops in price anytime soon I might get one, just to say I have one

cameio
cameio

PSP go is my favorate portoble EVER, it's small and you don't need to take all the games with u like the PSP3000 and the DS.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Well it was a mistake on the grand scale of things and even those that like it can't argue with the sales figures. Can't wait for the NGP :D

pyshco
pyshco

which idiot from sony thought making a psp that cant play UMD's was a good idea?

zaiwen
zaiwen

had Sony not developed this ridiculously named PSP Go, (now a PSP Goner)... the NGP would've been released last holiday season & we are now playing Uncharted portable as I type this

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

GameSpot, Andriasang.com has posted a new entry on the PSP Go being discontinued and reported that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has made it official. It is no longer a rumor.

1uP_OnYou
1uP_OnYou

Wow I ordered this thing just in time. Can't wait for my GO to be delivered sometime this week. I have a lot of PSP and PS1 games I want to download to it.

alexatkin
alexatkin

@LordRaymond NGP uses cartridges, so clearly the PSP Go test was actually a failure.

luciferbelmont
luciferbelmont

@psx_warrior nope cause at the end i made the right choice and i'll be able to transfer my games to the NGP im set. But i get what your saying with Crisis Core and Birth by Sleep which is also umd only. But oh well, overall i was happy with what i got.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@luciferbelmont It doesn't bother you that you can't play certain games that are only offered on UMD? I've got Crisis Core FF VII which is only offered on UMD, and I love the game. I could have gotten the Go, but wanted the 3000 because I couldn't get Crisis Core DD style.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Lol PSP Go was a test by Sony if there was interest in DD only portable console which there is. That is why the NGP is UMD-less also. hurp

gohoanq
gohoanq

@lilrobda1 Who put words into somebodies mouth? I know I didn't.. o_O You said and I quote "lol Well, you're just one person compared to the whole world."... what else does that mean? I bring up the micro saying I liked it.. you say basically "well that's just you everyone else hated it"... in not so many words.. if I'm missing something fill me in.. cuz yea.. oh but about the that's why you said what you said in ur first comment thing, I understand. I just put in my 2 cents for the hell of it.. this got waaay off topic. lol

luciferbelmont
luciferbelmont

I'm a proud psp go owner. I hated the UMD format, carrying my games was getting too annoying. Plus UMDs were way to easy to break not even a case was safe to carry them around. I remember when the psp came out all the hypocrites below me hated the format too, but now they all the sudden "love" it. The only reason people hate the go is cuase of the warranty seal on the battery which prohibits Hacking. So instead people get the other PSP models so they can hack and pirate games. The psp go is so much easier to carry without having the hassle of carrying dumb UMDs. I have back ups of my games i have purchased and all i gotta say is i can't wait to transfer em to the NGP