PSP Go Bombs Completely, PSP2 in 2010?


Sony’s new PSP Go, an Internet based PSP designed to cut out traditional retailers, has experienced dire sales in several territories, selling only 1,000 units in its first week of sales in Australia, even whilst rumours of a PSP2 in 2010 are starting to circulate.

Of 50,000 units made available in France, retailers only managed to sell 8,000. However, this was successful compared to its Australian performance – the console sold only 1,000 units in the entire first week of its release, with major retailers refusing to even stock the hated product.

In other news, Sony’s next handheld release, a heavily upgraded PSP2 with graphics capabilities “on par with desktop PCs,” is supposedly due for release in 2010… The report is far from confirmed (and seems hard to believe coming so close on the heels of the PSP Go itself), but if true it would completely doom the PSP Go to novelty hardware status.

Via Hachimaki.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That what they got for banned bloomer, good riddance!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The obvious reason for its abysmal sales in Australia is the price. They're trying to charge AUD$450, which might not sound like a big deal until you remember the AUD is about 93 US cents, so that is more than double the US price of USD$199. Right now, AUD450 is $417 US dollars.

    Gamers are, of course, keenly aware of this. You would have to be some sort of moron who doesn't know what the internet is to actually buy the thing on local soil, or too rich to care. Anyone who still wanted one would hit Amazon or any of the billion foreign stores where they could pay the US price. The retailers obviously knew that's exactly what would happen.

    So yeah, the PSP Go might be a failure in general, but the specifically terrible sales in Australia are likely to be more related to Sony trying to charge a 100%+ "Australia Tax" thereby pissing off consumers and retailers alike ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly, I may have been tempted to buy one if it wasn't for the absolutely ridiculous pricing they are trying to get away with. But then it's not like our PS3's are cheap either $500AUD vs $299US. We always get screwed over and then because nothing sells they continue to not care about our territory.

    Would be nice if they woke up and realised that if things were reasonably priced more people may actually be willing to buy from Australian stores rather than import. Though from what I can gather the PS3 is now reasonable enough (compared to it's old price tag) that it sells regardless probably cause people view shipping as too much or something.

    Not that this price hike is restricted to Sony of course, they all seem to do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    PSP has been good to me only for few games. Once I play Queen's Blade I'm through with it. I hope their psp2 fails as well. ''Gonna support PSP'' my ass...

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    Comment by ドラゴン
    05:35 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds good to me. Maybe i will actually buy one now. Since they're probably gonna be going for 30 bucks on ebay soon :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PSP Go sounds like their MiniDiscs except the MDs were actually decent product but poor shelf life, thanks to the MP3 format.

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    Comment by crabdog62482
    06:32 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSP Go was doomed from conception. I checked up on its details when contemplating a PSP upgrade from my old PSP1000 that was getting glitchy. PSP Go renders all UMDs, thus your entire game library unplayable. It makes all future releases at stores unbuyable. Ad to that it has a smaller screen than a newer PSP and is an ass load more expensive, and this thing was just made of fail from the get go. I love Sony's PS1 through PS3 systems, but the PSP was a crappy introduction into the handheld system race. Then again, I also loathe the DS. There was no reason Nintendo couldn't have made a handheld system that played Gamecube games. Instead of a new media, we could have had Gamecube Go. But Nintendo is all about new gimmicks and shitting on its player base, so fuck them. I am proud to be handheld free. Now I'm off to score some Tales of Vesperia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought SONY never fails, where are the fanboys now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    on par with a desktop pc?
    i doubt it's even possible to release something several times more powerful than a ps3 as a handheld

    Comment by HyperKnuckles99
    04:32 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope the GO fails and that a PSP2 will come out and it will suport UMD's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they don't support UMfrickinD's no one's going the buy it and they should know that. How many consoles has Sony sold that have absolutely no backwards compatability with their old systems...?


    Okay well that one doesn't count, 'cause they put it back....

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the psp go was originally prototype for the psp2. But another bad business decision by Sony. Maybe they saw what the ipod touch was doing and thought "we should get some of that now!" so jumped the gun with the psp go.

    Really, a second analogue nub where the psp go has start/select buttons. And it would drop UMD, of course.

    I love my UMD games but it is sort of a flawed format for a portable system. They're not that small when compared to a DS cart and spinning the drive eats up battery. Digital format makes sense to have lots of games on the go. Just ask anyone with a hacked psp 1000-3000.

    Sony could have just waited to release as psp2 and made a clean break but they got greedy and impatient.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they sell it for $50USD imma get one. other than that, psp is almost dead. Dark_Alex is retired

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:41 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still like my psp 1000 the best. Sony should have stopped there, psp 2000 was barely and improvement nor 3000 but psp go is complete shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO SHIT!! Took the UMD drive up is a stupid. Not everyone have fast Internet!! Who the fuck came up with is idea anyway??????

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSP fat and custom firmware FTW.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed lol. Who cares if Dark_Alex is retired, we got Team Gen now, which is just as good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well why not look at the overall sales of Play Station Series? Indeed the profited more than losing money in production of PSP Go! afterall they knew not many people would buy since game manifactors are not supportive of PSP Go O.O::

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "On-par" with desktop PCs my ass. Same way the PS2 was supposed to have "pixar" graphics.

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    15:05 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah this was a bad idea, sorny.

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    Comment by Shuu
    09:28 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “on par with desktop PCs”

    Yeah right...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with poor sales in Australia since the price is freaking expensive! imagine it is AU$ 450 you can get ps3 slim by adding more AU$50. the price is completely a rip off compared to the US version

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    2000 4evar.
    fuck 3000 and its screwed screen and the Go with its smaller screen.
    PSP2/4000 with oled ftw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony has a long history of failed media types. Beta. minidisc. memorystick. UMD. now they can add a harddrive to that list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dibt fiorget australia's overpriced games

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The average broadband connection for Australia is limited to 7GB of downloads a month, it's no fucking surprise a system that focuses on huge downloads as its only way to play games has failed here.

    Also, the Aussie PSN is a fucking JOKE. The vast majority of games are more expensive than their retail UMD versions.

    And whilst Prinny was on sale for $10 on the American store, it launched at $60 here. Fuck the PSP Go and fuck digital distribtion.

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    Comment by TellTime
    12:13 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I for one am glad this piece of crap flopped. I mean, what were they thinking?

    They'll learn from this, and hopefully they won't screw up like this ever again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i knew it was gonna fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sometimes buy preowned games and sell the games that I won't ever touch again. That's not an option with PSP Go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is pretty much expected. The PSP Go design itself doesn't seem very appealing. (Can it even survive the button mashings? Sliding equipments - well, at least for mobile phones - break easily... Having a sliding gaming console isn't a good idea.)

    That said, They should have just skipped the PSP Go. If they released a PSP2 (when it's done) with better graphics and higher specs, nobody would complain. I seriously wonder why they even embarked on the PSP Go.

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    Comment by Frans
    04:53 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    doesn't seem very appealing for those reason that you yourself don't know the answer?

    Sony probably target PSP Go for people who would buy something like iPod Touch. They have similar price point and while iPod Touch is more of a music player first and Go is more of a gaming device, both devices function certainly overlaps. Sony just needs better strategy to sell Go because obviously game retailers doesn't like their profits eventually decreased because of this... probably they should leverage the multimedia capability of PSP Go and sell it in regular stores.

    What people seems to forget is that Sony still sells PSP with UMD. Sony doesn't force you to buy PSP Go. They are basically targeting a different market with Go, and that market probably doesn't include you or any of the PSP Go hater.

    And for your last comment... no, people will complain at anything! When they eventually release PSP2, people will complain that it's to pricey... or if Sony choose the UMD path then people will complain that Sony should ditch it because it made the console bulkier and download is really the way to go... if Sony choose the no UMD path then people will complain that they can't sell their old games, they miss the box, etc... then people will complain that it isn't powerful enough, the battery doesn't last long enough, etc.

    In the end, it's about a different product for a different audience. I don't like when Sony remove the UMD and use a non removable battery for Go (and not to mention the price itself), but I kinda understand their decision. Whether they can turn their decision into profit is still debatable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They shouldn't have made this at all. Period.

    Would've been great if they really were working on a PSP successor when rumors of this system surfaced.

    But instead, we got a Sony Mylo 2 after all. It also still sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never even had a thought about buying it and never will.. MAYBE.. just MAYBE the PSP2 will b better..

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    Comment by CowExtract
    03:31 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And MAYBE it'll have a second analog stick

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    01:20 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The biggest problem I saw with this "new" system is that it didn't change the format of the whole goddamn thing!

    They could've done a touch screen like the iphone and also.. wait for it...

    Put in another Fucking STick! And did they? Of course not, with bullshit excuses like it would upset the balance of all the older games as the primary reason not to do it. FIUCK! Seeing how a good percentage of the old games will Never be ported over, that's all fucking weak sauce.

    Get the FUCKING hint sony, you dropped the ball AGAIN! After the overpriced release of the PS3 you now have a game system that costs more than the PS2 and wii! Sales not up to expectations now? Fucking crackers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 21/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >.> Show of hands....who saw it coming?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I can't say I saw it coming, 'cause I thought it would be less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Seriously, I always expect France and Australia to sell like shit, games are for kids in those territories, no one takes them seriously.

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    Comment by DK
    00:27 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you even need to ask?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSP is 4 years old and PSP Go costs more than its first release. Sony expects more sales?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “on par with desktop PCs”?

    We are still talking about a handheld, right?
    Something portable, right?

    If they are really going to do this, we will have to recharge our batteries every 2 hours.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    01:05 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They will provide wireless electricity for you to charge your PSP2 wherever you go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But just think how awesome playing the games on the PSP2 will be! =D
    Besides, battery is not an issue if they came up with a new type of battery to use.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean like some sort of fission reactor?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    six AA batteries, like the sega nomad

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude my psp as it is only gets like 3 hours or so now try more like "Every 30 seconds." IF that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PSP2 uses the PowerVR SGX543 graphics chip.

    "An eight core SGX543MP8 at 200 MHz delivers 266 million polygons and eight billion pixels per second, while faster clocked version, for instance, at 400 MHz would deliver 532 million polygons and 16 billion pixels per second. 16 billion pixels per second equal GeForce GTX 260-216, for instance."

    So, it's believable to have "desktop-like" performance.

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    Comment by onitake
    05:21 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wanna see this "desktop-like" performance before i believe it. 16gp/s fillrate is pretty useless if you don't have the shader performance to cover them all. and 400mhz? you need three times the number of parallel processing units to compare to a gtx260. unless the shaders run at a higher clock like in the geforce. assuming their design is more efficient than nvidia's and amd's, it's still gonna draw insane amounts of power.

    no wonder they give only a triangle and pixel throughput rate and not bare numbercrunching figures. the fastest g200 gpus can handle over 1 tflops (theoretically). we'll see how much the pvr can do...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excellent breakdown, bur remember, its not going to have PC resolutions. How much of that can you cut out if your only worried about rendering a 3 inch image?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 22/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is really bad that you can't upgrade your eyes to see the outstanding details on a 4,3" inch screen.

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