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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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RE: I need this explained to me
By friedrice on 10/3/2009 1:38:11 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. Who in their right mind would spend $250 on a PSPgo vs. $300 on a PS3. The PS3 is selling like hotcakes cause it finally go to the price point most people are willing to spend. Sony gained a huge market share with the PS1 and PS2, and has been blowing it with their recent generation of consoles. Kind of like how Nintendo was dominate with the SNES and blew it with N64 when it decided to not go with CDs at the last minute. Just think if Square and other big companies had stayed with Nintendo. Sony would not be in the gaming market today.

Personally I think $150-$200 is max consumers are willing to spend on a portable. And the PSPgo just looks plain stupid. Thankfully this means that the regular PSP might eventually get a price drop and UMD games will be dirt cheap for the most part as well. Might finally pick one up, but until then, I'll stick with my DS.

RE: I need this explained to me
By afkrotch on 10/3/2009 5:17:23 AM , Rating: 2
Why exactly would you keep buying UMD games? You can just throw them on a memory stick and stick it in the PSP-3000, 2000, or 1000.

By Alexstarfire on 10/3/2009 12:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but everyone I know still plays their N64 while their PS gets neglected. Not sure why people think the N64 failed. Quite honestly it's got some of the best games of all time on it.

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