PSP Go production officially ends - Reports

Japanese outlets quote Sony as saying that manufacture of the short-lived handheld has ended so that the company can focus on the NGP.

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One day after rumors spread that production of the PSP Go had ceased, several reports out of Japan indicated that the handheld's short lifespan is officially at an end. Japanese website AV Watch quotes Sony Computer Entertainment officials as saying production and shipment of the portable has ended. The site quotes an SCE spokesperson as saying the handheld was discontinued so that the company could "focus" on the Next Generation Portable, due out later this year.

The PSP Go (2009-2011)

This account of events was backed up by a report on Japanese tech blog Phileweb, which was translated by gaming blog Andria Sang. That report said that the company would continue to sell its remaining stock of the device. However, Andria Sang found that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has marked the PSP Go product pages on the Japanese PlayStation site with the notation "shipment ended." The handheld is still in stock on the US Sony Style online store, and US Sony reps had not yet commented on the matter.

After being unveiled with great fanfare--following a colossal leak--at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the PSP Go was launched that October in North America. It was, however, not the runaway hit Sony hoped it would be. Though US sales figures for the handheld variant have never been released by the NPD Group, retail-tracking firm Media Create broke them out each week for the Japanese market. In almost every instance, the portable finished dead last on the hardware chart, selling just 356 units in the island nation during the week of April 4-10, compared to 35,478 PSP-3000s.

Discussion

116 comments
mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Number of people who'll miss it: A few hundred, their sales numbers in the four months since this article was posted (and I somehow missed it).

mat989
mat989

In the very beginning, the GO had no useful meaning at all...I mean, it was cool having the ability to pause the game, enter internet a little, hear some different music, and once you got tired of this, resuming playing from where you stopped...but even in 2009, the psp was an old geezer for handhelds, there were people who already said it was a waste of technology, since they could announce the same features to the VITA a couple of years later

maxordw
maxordw

@dawnofthehero what do mean by the dsixl should never have been developed

alien33
alien33

Online pricing of games was outrageous, plus the PSP Go had an awful D-Pad...

WNxUSA
WNxUSA

While its an Awesome handheld. (Was thinking on buying it but bought a nvidia 465 GTX GFX card for my comp instead...) Kinda sad to see it go. Had a lot of potential just Sony opt'd not to use it to their fullest. R.I.P PSP GO.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

that sucks. i know they do not sell em in gamestop around me anymore, but i work in macys and it is still in the high end vending machine. collector's item?!!?!?!?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Part of me was excite to hear about this. Having all my games ready to go without having to carry fragile discs around sounded great. But the downside was all the things mentioned by @shani_boy101 below--Sony has never heard of a sale, so games as always at full MSRP--combined with the fact that it was impossible to sell / trade / loan / borrow games. The potential advantages disappeared in a raft of cumbersome restrictions and cost penalties.

maxwell97
maxwell97

@ColdfireTrilogy: Yes, but those are retail prices. Sony owned a ton of manufacturing capacity that could have churned out flash memory for a tiny fraction of those costs, probably on the order of a few dollars per unit. Even if they had been limited to less than 1GB, it would have been worth it for the huge benefits in durability, size, battery life, and so on. If the extra space spurred development of really great games, it'd be one thing, but that really never happened.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Too bad. I love the Go. No noisy, slow, UMD's. :(

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The Go is just one of those things that should have never been developed. Just like the GB Micro and the DSiXL...

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Sadly production probably should have ended soon after it began. Nobody ever cared for the device, no matter how hard Sony tried to make it appealing. Even giving away A+ games (like Little Big Planet) with it didn't help its cause. Can't say it will be missed LOL

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

It was a really poorly though out idea. It couldn't play UMDs, the only way of buying games was through PSN (meaning prices would just stay high compared to retail), you could only store the games on those Sony sticks (meaning you had to buy either large capacity ones or have a lot of them), the screen was smaller and it was more expensive. No real positives going for it against the PSP-3000.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Really no surprise, The PSP Go didn't sell well at all, and with the NGP coming out in the next year

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I thought this happened ages ago. They were still producing it? :O

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@choasgod Very well said. If anything it was more a precursor to the NGP than it was a PSP remake. It was well made and did its job pretty well. I find that most people who speak ill of it never even got to see one up close and have a go with it. It was quite a rarity and it worked exceptionally well, load times were shorter than on its predecessors, the sound and video quality were top notch. It won't be missed by those who never gave it a chance, but for those who owned one it stood its ground in an age of gimmicks.

slippship
slippship

I like the Go, but to be honest none of the PSP's to date have felt 'right' in my hands, doesn't stop me playing them and can't wait for NGP.

choasgod
choasgod

It is worth remembering that PSP Go did its job -- it was a high profit margin device that allowed SONY to get a better idea about digital downloads including retailer reactions, gamer reactions, publisher reactions, trends, cost of development and effects of attempting to go digital only. As such i see it as a successful product as it should make NGP a better product.

phoenix729
phoenix729

it'll probably be a bit of a collectors piece in 20 or 30 years, like the virtual boy these days

zaiwen
zaiwen

1 psp go for every 100 psp 3000 sold, whoever conceptualized the psp go should be ashamed of themselves, such a waste of time, money & effort... They better not make the same mistake on NGPs successor

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@maxwell97 you do remember that while flash and USB drives of 4gb are only around 9-12$ right now, back when the PSP launched a 1gb USB stick retailed at almost 90$ ... i dont think its feasible to assume that them launching games in sizes of almost 2gb on a flash media device was even remotely possible when it launched ... People seem to forget how much solid state media has dropped in price since the PSP launched years ago. When the PSP launched DS games on flash carts were literally 16-32 meg games in size ... rarities in the 64 meg category appeared from time to time. PSP was releasing games upwards of over 1gb.

maxwell97
maxwell97

It's a shame, it's a great little piece of hardware that was woefully undersupported. Sony should have been much more aggressive in getting the PSP library on the Store, with reduced pricing. Although, really, their big mistake was using the hideous UMD format in the first place. By choosing UMD over flash memory, UMD saved a tiny bit of manufacturing cost, at the cost of making the PSP bulky, noisy, less durable, greatly increasing load times, and reducing battery life, aside from the fragility of the discs themselves. All of these are MAJOR issues for a handheld. If they'd been smart enough to realize this from the get-go, the half-baked attempted reboot with the Go would never have been needed.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

In my opinion this thing was a waste of millions of dollars.

bg20202
bg20202

@sonicwii - actually, I think the Go is pretty cool too...the problem is just money. If you can afford to get all of the newly released games at full price via download, AND afford a Go and a 3000 so you can play older games, the Go is great. I don't have the money to be able to enjoy the full PSP library along with the luxury of having a Go.

sonicwii
sonicwii

WOOHOOO!!!! This means I am now the proud owner of a future collectors item! @ jokoo I'm seriously with you on this one. Everyone's trolling about how the Go lacks a UMD drive, but that's only an argument for the people who had a PSP from the beginning. I just got my first-ever PSP X-mas 2009, and it was a Go. I think it was targeted at the "iTouch Gamers", obsessed with Angry Birds and not wanting to carry around discs everywhere. I was getting sick of my DS anyways, I wanted something new, and lo and behold, the PSPGO! In my opinion that will probably get at least five thumbs-downs, I think that this was targeted towards first-time PSP owners, who never spent any money on discs that could be wasted with the Go. The PSP Go was a huge technological advancement over the old PSP's in all the little ways: a "Pause Game" feature, crisper graphics, more portability. I sure hope that the NGP will feature a Go like form factor so I can keep its portability. This comment will get lots of thumbs-downs. Haters Gonna Hate. Trollers Gonna Troll.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

it was so unnecessary. with the 3000 you were able to both play UMDs and download games for it. the Go was nothing more than a stripped version of that.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I personally like to have a solid copy of things... Not sure why tho, since it's a drain on natural and monetry resources to keep making discs for distributing things, when you can do it over the net and everything runs faster off the memory stick... I have all my games on the memory stick (all purchased, but using that which cannot be named) saves time and battery power. Personally thought the psp go looked crappy and the psp's hardware has gone downhill since the original psp, newer ones are just cheap and flimsy. But perhaps the psp go would have been taken seriously had they actually provided everything you can get on umd's the day they were released, instead of random junk at random times... on the up side... this failure will help make the psp2 (or ngp if they keep that name) a big improvement.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

Sony missed the boat with this one. The PSP should have been more like GO from launch. UMD's are too noisy! I wonder if NGP uses cartridges?

bg20202
bg20202

Gameinformer had a great comment about how the Go was something nobody asked for. Can't remember it verbatim. I find it hilarious, and not surprising, that the go sells in the hundreds while the 3000 has sales in the 5 digits. I'm waiting for the fire sale on the Go, but even at $50 I don't know that I could justify the purchase. Since you can buy used for the 3000 you would probably wind up saving money in the long run with the 3000.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

i have officially gained all my respect to Sony.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

I agree with thundaro, I really enjoy having physical copies of my games, I hope that part of gaming will never change. The PSP Go was a bad idea from the start.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

PSP 3000 was always superior to the Go anyway. It definitely won't be missed. But I wonder how much it will be worth in 10 years. But the NGP will be way better anyways .

thundaro
thundaro

Hopefully this will go to show ALL game/console manufacturers, that we do NOT want to be forced to download our games just to play them! Most gamers(casual and core alike) not only enjoy but PREFER a physical game copy! I dread the day when the "disc" dies

Skat137321
Skat137321

Well....the gamers aren't ready for downloadable games and tbh I love owning a physical version of a game (dvd, bluray, catridges or UMD)

Zanoh
Zanoh

Moral of the story: Flash media and cartridges, with a downloadable option, is the better way to go. PSP 3000 / 3DS / and NGP prove this well.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

They probably meant production on it ended since you can't use any physical games in the thing... Granted it's pretty slick looking, but the thing just can't survive if you are REQUIRED to use the net to do anything with it. Although what I wanna know is why IN THE WORLD won't Sony put the analog stick in the default position already!?!??!!?? They haven't done it with anything and not even the NGP will do it either!!!!! Since the creation of the analog stick, the D-Pad has been relegated to secondary functions, so why won't Sony realize that already!?!!? Nintendo did with the 3DS!!!!! Get on board already!

jedinortd_basic
jedinortd_basic

I knew it wouldn't sell since you had to download everything.

awarriorg
awarriorg

The failure of this product was predictable; it was in the name all along - PSP GO (away)!

soulless4now
soulless4now

And that's a victory for all of us who prefer physical media.

hdi67
hdi67

Shouldn't have been made in the first place. It would've probably succeeded if it had a UMD drive and it were $100 cheaper. Meh, at least it got a merciful, respectable death. Maybe I'll grab a cheap one on clearance.

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

This is sad but it must be done. The go was a flopped and i love my regular psp. The psp GO was more expensive than the regular and it just lacks the ability to play UMDs. I hope sony learns and do not repeat the same mistake in the future.

Crzy1
Crzy1

Hope that the remaining stock is sold off for cheap. Always wanted a Go, but the price and digital only things really hurt it for me. Less capabilities for a higher price and having to pay more for games that should very well be cheaper since there is no shipping and packaging involved made no sense to me. But would love to have one at this point as a collection piece, could set next to my VirtualBoy.

jack00
jack00

I hope I can grab one for cheap on clearance.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@KmCLove14 A DD only device is setting itself up to fail. There is no price competition and many people enjoy having physical copies of their games. Just saying, there are many flaws with a digital distribution model. One should really only be there to supplement the physical market.

KmCLove14
KmCLove14

Some of the ignorance is outstanding on this board. I understand PSP3000 owners hate the go and all it stands for; I really understand that. What do you think the NGP is? It is what the PSP Go SHOULD have been. People, it is a much more powerful, dual-analog, replica of the PSP GO with a PSP3000 shell. Sure, it uses new game cards (similar to 3DS,but smaller like micro cards)... but what is its MAIN purpose, as stated by Sony? To push digital distribution. DD is here to stay. I understand arguments against it, but denying it and saying it is going to fail again is silly. Sony has made it clear their future is DD.

Xenogears_Rocks
Xenogears_Rocks

I'm getting a PSP in the next couple months and this was never an option stupid concept people want to be able to buy the actual game and case