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Expensive device leaves UMD owners in the dust

Yesterday was the first day that the PSP Go was available for sale at retail. Reaction was mixed, as many potential customers were displeased with the high price.

The new model (PSP-N1000) will sell for a MSRP of $249.99 compared to the $169.99 of the older PSP-3000 model that will continue to be sold indefinitely. It has a smaller 3.8 inch screen, versus the 4.3 inches of the PSP-3000 which uses Sony's proprietary Universal Media Disc (UMD) format. The PSP Go also features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The latest generation of the PlayStation Portable lineup is the first to use digital downloads from the PlayStation Store as the exclusive means to buy a game. Games and demos are downloaded to the console's 16GB internal flash memory either directly, through Sony's software on a PC, or through a PlayStation 3. Additional storage of up to 32GB is available by purchasing a Memory Stick Micro device.

Sony had announced plans for a UMD trade-in program so that PSP owners would be able to use their old games, but nixed that due to "legal and technical issues". Many gamers are thus sticking with their older PSP models instead of upgrading to the PSP Go.

The firm hopes to make the entire PSP software library available at the PSP Store, but so far there are already 225 games available for download. Some retailers are upset that they will not see any revenue from software for the PSP Go, and have decided to boycott it.
 
The whole point of the PSP Go is to deliver games that are more affordable in a smaller, lighter package that has greater battery life. Sony is targeting gamers who don't yet have a portable console and Nintendo DS Lite owners who are looking for better graphics. Time will tell whether Sony will be successful or not.



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many hurdles to overcome...
By The0ne on 10/2/2009 1:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
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The whole point of the PSP Go is to deliver games that are more affordable in a smaller, lighter package that has greater battery life. Sony is targeting gamers who don't yet have a portable console and Nintendo DS Lite owners who are looking for better graphics. Time will tell whether Sony will be successful or not.


The first sentence is grammatically incorrect I believe. The games are in a lighter package (digital) and "will" provide a greater battery life.

Sony is seeking consumer who don't already have a portable system? Umm, which market are they aiming for and how much? Just like the PS3 is nearing the share of what the PS2 is the PSP is in the same boat. There will be new buyers of course but it will sharply drop off like what we've seen with every system out there.

For example, PS3 slim is selling well right now topping even the Wii. The PSP3000 did the same over the DS for a few months then plummeted. It's a sign that you will get the few buyers initially but it'll drop back and not be sustainable like the DS is :)

Add to that this PSP Go is a joke in the first place with no real added value but real removal of functions and a higher price and it's bound to fail. Sony's a genius! What's one more division to fail in the company, just reorganize again hahaha

And for the moron that keeps saying MS, Nentendo and Sony are raking in the BILLIONS...

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Enterbrain reported that the Japanese game market has declined by 10.5% in sales comparing to last year in the first half of the fiscal year. The turnover is 213.8 million yen (US$2.37 billions) comparing to last year's 238.9 billion yen (US$2.65 billions).


You see, that's 2.65 billions and that's the game market! Where you get your stupid comments about every single company in the line of the game industry making billions, when there are reports some have laid off, restructured, closed down, etc., is beyond my understanding. It's beyond the understanding of a handicap person as well.




RE: many hurdles to overcome...
By afkrotch on 10/3/2009 5:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
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You see, that's 2.65 billions and that's the game market! Where you get your stupid comments about every single company in the line of the game industry making billions, when there are reports some have laid off, restructured, closed down, etc., is beyond my understanding. It's beyond the understanding of a handicap person as well.


Might want to look at the worldwide gaming market. Not one country.

Activision Blizzard made $5 bil in 2008.


RE: many hurdles to overcome...
By The0ne on 10/3/2009 3:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
You're quoting my paragraph and seem to have missed the point. Blizzard is PC mainly and it's doing well because of it's millions of paid users for WOW. Regardless, what you're saying means nothing to what I have commented.

What the paragraph and link is pointing to is consoles. What the paragraph is pointing out is the argument made by others that Sony, MS, Nintendo and every single one of their suppliers, be it small or large, makes BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of dollars each year, despite the fact that there are losses and cut backs.

These people know who they are and they know not to respond to their BS anymore.


By Alexstarfire on 10/3/2009 7:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
It seems to me they are talking about sales and not profit. Of course you don't actually have a link posted so I can't go check it out myself.


RE: many hurdles to overcome...
By dark matter on 10/5/2009 5:32:14 AM , Rating: 2
So a small supplier to sony, ms or nintendo makes billions and billions a year. You sir are talking out of your arse.


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