The PSP Go might be going the way of the dodo. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Sony has already announced their newest handheld nicknamed NGP, the replacement for the current line of PSPs. But Sony, of course, says otherwise. But lets look at the events that make up this story and make our own opinions.
First, this all originated from a employee of a Sony store in Japan. He posted on his blog that production of the PSP Go had ceased. To follow up with this evidence, the games section on the Sony Japan site does not list the Go anymore and it’s out of stock on other pages.
Also, the black PSP Go’s are out of stock in the UK also, but other colors are available. A retail source in the UK also stated that there are no more PSP Gos coming.
Sony issued this statement on this matter:
It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices. Before the end of the year we are launching NGP, our next generation portable device, which we believe will revolutionise portable gaming. In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, Essentials range of games and we will continue to meet that demand.”
So, Sony completely avoided the question.
I think we can all make an educated guess what the truth is here.
Looks like PC world is disputing the rumor that the PSP Go is being discontinued. They point out that the device is still available on Sony’s site as well as also being available for purchase from the Sony Style store.
That makes sense, but if the unit wasn’t selling well in America as hoped, then there would be a surplus for sale at this time. If the production has just been discontinued, then there would be no more coming down the retail chain in the future. That doesn’t mean there are not 2 million more of these units rolling around the U.S ready or sale.
The NGP is scheduled to come out this year in Japan, barring the earthquake in Japan doesn’t delay the unit. Sony Japan has stated they are going to release the unit in late 2010. Sony of America recently stated that the NGP will be coming to the US in 2011. This follows the release window that Sony usually follows with their handheld consoles. They release in Japan first, then within 4-6 months later in the U.S., and hopefully not much longer after that, in the European continent. From a business standpoint, Sony of America would need to keep selling the current PSP for a longer period of time just to keep some revenue flowing. If the PSP is not available for the holiday period 2011, then Sony of America will be missing a huge money opportunity.
The truth will come when the retail chains that currently have the PSP Go available run out of stock. If they are not able to order more, then that will say whether this rumor is true or not. There’s a great chance that the last shipments will be made to Europe and the U.S., since the NGP will be releasing at a later time in these regions. In Japan, where this information originated, they PSP Go will need to be cleared off the shelves in preparation for the NGP launch later this year.