PSP Go getting $50 price drop on Friday?

[UPDATE] Sony announces $50 PSP Go price cut will hit in November, with similar price drops for Japan, UK.

Source: Gaming blog Joystiq.

What we heard: After being unveiled with great fanfare--and a colossal leak--at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the PSP Go has not been the runaway hit Sony hoped it would be. Though US sales figures for the handheld have never been released by the NPD Group, Japanese retail-tracking firm Media Create breaks out sales of the handheld each week. In almost every instance, the portable finishes dead last on the hardware chart, selling just 754 units in the island nation during the week of September 27-October 3.

A $50 price cut would certainly put the PSP Go in more people's hands.

Other than its lack of a UMD drive, the PSP Go's biggest hurdle to mass adoption has been its price--$250 in the US, or $80 more than the PSP-3000. However, that may soon change, if Joystiq's sources are to be believed. The gaming blog was sent a photo purporting to be of an Army and Air Force Exchange Service retailer directive. The document flatly states that starting Friday, October 15, the PSP Go will cost only $200 for consumers and $180 for retailers.

The official story: Sony had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Too little to go on, but a price cut would certainly make the PSP Go more attractive this holiday season.

[UPDATE] On October 25, Sony announced it would cut the price of the PSP Go from $249 to $199 in the States, from 26,800 yen to 16,800 yen ($207) in Japan, and from £225 to £160 ($252) in the UK, with the price drops taking effect in November.

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TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

Psp GO is such a fail I havent seen anyone play that thing yet alone $200? nooo thank you

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

Target already has it for $199 i almost bought a second black one to go with my white PSPGO since a 16GB Sandisk memory stick costs $172 for just a little more you could just buy another PSPGO. I love my white PSPGO and play it more than my PS3. Why compare it to the lame Wii? or even buying another PS3? the point of a handheld is to take the entire thing on the GO, can't do that with an HDTV and PS3, or lame Wii Wii Pee Pee. Such arguments make no sense, it's like buying the Playstation Move, it's $100, for just a little more get a PSPGO instead. It's all just whining... then you find out the people whining and crying own 30 Nintendo handheld in different colors all totaling $2000 that they've wasted on Pink DS systems.

blancobo
blancobo

The PSP Go at $200 is STILL too much. Why pay this much when you can get a Wii for the same, and with a little more a 360. If the PSP wants to continue succeeding, they are going to need a lot more than a $50 price drop. I have a white one, because I wanted to the true portable UMD less experience. But I have the $250 to waste for my own. The REAL SAD thing about the Go, is that I have no way to convert all my UMD's and play them in my PSP Go. This is the REAL DOWN SIDE TO THE SYSTEM. These days, it is better just to avoid purchasing the UMD and simply downloading the game.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Why the **** would anyone buy a Go? With Go, as far as games are concerned, you only have two options - either pay the extortionately high price it costs to download the game from PSN, or don't have the game at all. Of course, this horrible situation is dependent on the game actually being available on PSN. There aren't actually that many PSP games downloadable for the Go. Basically I'm saying, don't buy a PSP Go.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Man, I love it as a gadget, but it was DOA at it's original price point. No UMD's equaled no sale to many loyalists. Even with a price cut, I can't see the value what with it stuck between the far more attractive 3000 and the imminent PSP2. Sad story.

MAJORMOIST
MAJORMOIST

I know a lot of people keep talking Psp 2 and I do think it will happen. Will it have 2 analog? Probably. More storage? Probably. However, I think it will be on a phone this time. Phones/hand held communication is hot right now. Windows phone 7 will have Xbox Live too. There's nothing wrong with this idea.The only concern I have is that will the phone be exclusive to certain carriers? What if I want Verizon, but its only on AT&T? I know the phone idea has been rumored for some time, but I think Sony will move this direction to compete with everyone else. I see this thing a 1-1.5 yr away though. I want to play now. If and when it releases, I will just re-download my games onto the new device from my PSN account (no loss to me)

MAJORMOIST
MAJORMOIST

For those that want the Go. You can get it at Amazon brand new, with the 3 free game promotion for $199.99 (no tax, free shipping). I applied for a Amazon Chase Reward card and got an additional $40 off bringing it to $159.99 (no tax, free shipping). Just pay the card off in 30 days to avoid interest and cancel the card if you wish. I couldn't come to paying $250 for this, but I must say its awesome-- especially at $159.99. The Go is absolute personal preference (I like it for not having to carry UMDs around, its size, louder volume, and screen brightness/resolution due to the smaller screen size).

rasterror
rasterror

Can we just skip the bs and move onto the PSP2 with TWO analog sticks please?

rasterror
rasterror

Do yourself a favor and but a PSP-3000 and order a 16 GB card off of ebay. it will cost the same and you can enjoy every PSP game and feature for less.

MAJORMOIST
MAJORMOIST

I like what I paid for mine better: $160 (brand new too)

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

maybe i can buy it since i not had PSP, no USB dooo dar so i can start fresh slate

j2zon2591
j2zon2591

No price cut for the PSP 3000!? Sigh.. I guess I still won't get one.. :( Another site said that even the PSP 3000 in Europe gets a price drop to 119 Guess that's a lie?

clark28kent
clark28kent

it does't matter ...psp-3000 is the best

gskywalker09
gskywalker09

it still does'nt justify the fact it can't play UMDs........

jarvool
jarvool

This would have made sense if it had shipped costing LESS than a regular psp. There is no incentive to buy this thing: it costs more and has a smaller game library AND the games don't cost any less despite not having shipping and packaging or a middle man PLUS theres no manual or physical merchandise (collectors editions). Pay more for less hurraa! I want a few games on the psp but there isn't enough (for my tastes) to justify buying one yet. Now if they drop the 3000's price by 50 bones we may be in business! Hopefully they pony up and release a PSP2 with backwards compatibility and a Fricking 2nd analogue stick, get with the times geez!

zaofreak03
zaofreak03

Bout time, ive wanted one but not for 50 bucks less than a PS3.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

I guess the lower cost would make this appealing. Especially if you couple that with the current free game download deal they have going on right now. What sucks though for Sony is that they always bundle the better games with the PSP3000, so they continue to cut their PSP Go sales. LOL Why not just bail out of the hardware and stick with the PSP3000? You obviously prefer it yourselves, so why continue wasting money on it?

monson21502
monson21502

nothing can make the go more attractive ever since it was anounced as a dl game only system it was pretty much doa. to many good used umd games out there for 5 bucks each. if they sold it for 100$ then it might had a chance...

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

It's still useless to me. No UMD drive= No buy. That, & I already have a perfectly good PSP 3000.

StarWatchers
StarWatchers

awesome $50 off now we can buy this and a copy of kingdom hearts.. oh forgot no UMD drive!

Okami11
Okami11

I'll wait for the 3DS or PSP2....

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Not a bad deal if they still include the free downloadable games.... the original 1000 series model is still the best though. If it were my money, it would go on one of those with some actual UMDs to put in it.

akiwak
akiwak

I've been wanting to get a portable handheld gaming device but the price has been keeping me away....

momo4070
momo4070

yes its much ,but this is not about price about the real diff between the old psp , no real change , even if they make it $99.00, the salement will be the same , { bec no real diff}

wwonka666
wwonka666

Even at $200 it's still $199.00 too much.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

The PSP never lived up to what it was supposed to be, a gaming device that also does media/websurfing. It got the gaming part mostly right but the websurfing and media went horribly wrong. The screen had horrible ghosting and the volume was way too low even with headphones on. Then along came the ipod touch and it got the media/websurfing down to perfection but the gaming sucked.. heres to hoping sony can get it right with psp 2, since there are people out there that dont have a smartphone or refuse to pay expensive data plans there really is a market for a portable device that surfs the web/plays games (real games)/and has excellent media playback capabilities. as for Pspgo they need to kill this system now,because even with a price cut..there still aint no Kingdom Hearts.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Sony really needs to know when to quit. They aren't selling because the 3000 is a better investment. Everybody knows this so just pull the plug already.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

that's ok my very first one still works ... lack of UMD is one reason it'll be a while till I consider getting one of the new PSP's

jgup5
jgup5

On Amazon The PSPgo already has a price cut and now cost $200.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

A $50 dollar price drop won't help fix the main problem with the psp go which is the fact that even after the psp go being out for a while some game publishers are selling their games UMD and not offering them for download for the Psp go.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Make it the same price as a "real" PSP, and I might stop looking for one on Craigslist.

Raykuza
Raykuza

Does anyone actually LIKE digital distribution? I'm in love with the concept, and have never had a problem in execution. I love having a hard drive full of games without having to keep the discs around. Besides, I hate UMDs. I hate the scratchy noise they make. I hate the long load times you get if you don't install, which also takes forever. I hate that movies are released on UMDs when you could just buy a DVD. I hate that you still have to buy memory cards like this was the year 2000. UMDs just suck.

Lsnake
Lsnake

PSP Go was a massive failure in every way, and especially when some games aren't even sold as digital. Just scrap the entire thing and start over with a PS2 capable PSP2 with dual sticks. Pretty much a Dual Shock 3 controller with a PSP2 inside. That would be win.

soulreaper-4
soulreaper-4

Wow a price drop for an experiment system that failed since launch and doesn't have all the games of the other model like Kingdom Hearths: Birth by Sleep.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Sony should just drop and say "It was a mistake." But big companies never do that. A bonus would be "Yeah, the PSP GO was a failure, but the PSP2 will have two joysticks, be connected to PSN all the time, have trophies, 8 GB of memory built in, and be $200." If that happened, then the apocalypse is upon us.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

hahhaa call me when that one cost onlu 50 bucks then i can start t maybe consider getting one mm yea sure hahhaah :9

fastica
fastica

Hawkhunter10: I've bought more than 20 digital games and never had any problem with corrupted files.

quiksurfer
quiksurfer

thats really hilarious $50 drop omg..what the helll are they thinking. dropping $100 wouldn't even do any good people are waiting for psp2

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

i think this is a bad move.. it's not more cheap than a PSP3K so people will still opt to buy a PSP3K instead. at least when the price was 250$, they could earn more for every sale.. if they reduce it, not only will their sale not increase, but they would earn less with every sale too.

Blue-Diamond
Blue-Diamond

The DSi was my first buy, still enjoy it and is still #1 portable for me. I went past GO and didn't stop. I got the PSP-3000 last month. I have heard no replacement for the GO battery and only downloadable for the GO. It sounded like a disposable razor. A disposable portable?? Pretty expensive. I would like to be able to replace battery on portable and have hard copies of my games.

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

Dear Sony... make the GO $199 and the 3000 $149

somedude342
somedude342

Hmmmmm.........nope I'll just wait for the psp2 k thanks bye.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I think this might mean we will start hearing about the PSP 2.

cameio
cameio

I got PSP Go for $200 with three free games (Little big planet, Socom and Ratchet) i love the PSP GO it's my favorate portable ever for many reason (size, Graphic, sound by headset and the UMD free), ppl moaning about the price and ready to pay $300 for 3DS crap this is really stupid.

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

I think Sony just needs to just discontinue the GO.

zelosphia_8
zelosphia_8

Alot of the best PSP games are still UMD only. If this thing could actually play them it would have sold better. $200 is still too much.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I think the PSP Go needs a $250 price drop. Only then will people actually be interested in it. Wait... maybe that won't work, either...