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PSXE Poll Update: PSP Go Fails To Generate Much Interest

The PSP Go just launched last week but the high price tag and a lack of a UMD-to-digital conversion program has kept people away. We don't have any sales estimates just yet but we're hoping Sony fares better during the holiday season, anyway.

As for right now, the PSXE readers really don't have much of an interest in the new unit; only some of you might consider a purchase if the price drops, but most of you just aren't thinking about it at all. For the record, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Sony will indeed cut the price of the PSP Go down to $199 just in time for the shopping blitz in a month or so. It might be a good idea, despite the fact that Sony has prepared over 16,000 pieces of downloadable content and 225 full downloadable titles for the PSP Go; the PSP-3000 is still the choice for many, and $250 can be steep for others. For our part, the PSP go registers as a great achievement but one that will need some time to catch on, which shouldn't surprise anyone; such was the way for the first iteration of the handheld in question. Traditionally, if you give Sony time, they will emerge victorious...

As for this week, we figure we address the hot topic: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. We know you're all anxiously awaiting our review and to make things more interesting, we thought we'd pick your brains...what do you think our final overall score will be? The way everyone's going on about this game, you might think we'll give it the coveted perfect 10, although only one other title this generation - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - received that honor. Or maybe you have this sneaking suspicion that we're not as enamored as everyone else, and we're gonna give it a score that freaks everyone out. Who knows? Do you know? Take a shot.

10/4/2009 9:48:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (80 posts)

Kowhoho
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:18:03 PM
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To be fair, you only gave one "no" option in that poll. But yeah, people aren't exactly enamored with the go!

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:22:24 AM

People would be more enamored if they knew the complete detail of the launch bundles/offers which are not as bad as the initial sticker shock would suggest.

I also think that if Sony correctly positioned this thing along side the ludicrously expensive products that Apple pushes, there may be a little less push back. However, the fundamental problem remains. This updated version of the PSP which is now a platform that's 4 years (or is it 5) old only costs $50 (that's 16%) less than the state of the art, "does everything" PS3. Now, I don't know about you, but that immediately bothers my common sense filter. It really doesn't take the mind of a Harvard educated marketing statistician or economist to see that consumers in stores are not going to react positively to a device that's about the size of a small internal HDD costing $249 when the PS3 sold essentially right next to it costs $299.

A $199 launch price point would have been far more acceptable, and to be honest I don't see the point of the higher price. Unless they truly intend to drop the price to $199 during the pre-Xmas sales and then leave it there. If that's the case then they potentially create a wave of optimism because of the $50 price drop. However That comes at the price of a really negative product launch.

All that said, The slide opener, new screen,m built in 16GB with an additional external Memory Stick slot are nice features for a download only 'mini-PSP'. The BlueTooth features (tethering, controller synch and headset compatibility) are very additions. So, does this PSP do Skype? A lot of cell operators are offering pure data plans now. If I were Sony, I would explore the possibility of offering pure data plans to PSP customers, and include the appropriate chipset in the PSP Go. That way, the PSP Go can be a phone - without being a phone - thru VOIP.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:18:51 PM
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Sony may not have won me over to the Go (I'm loving my 1000 still), but they did snag close to $80 from me on Wednesday night thanks to the great flood of content for the PSP on the PSN.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:56:36 AM

The massive increase in content for the Go is the biggest plus of the Go for me. Because it's download only, it makes it mandatory for PSP content to be released in digital form, which is a *GOOD* thing.

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shindelion
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:20:00 PM
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Like i said before pspgo is pspfail. hate sony for doing this. psp is ahead of its time like the game gear, we are just not ready for pure down load games yet. should have been psp2 with 256 ram, two extra buttons and a analog, well a ps2 in our hand is more like it.

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Alienange
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:27:58 PM
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People have been clamoring for the PS3 to drop in price so Sony drops it to the blockbuster 300 dollar range, quickly followed by a new PSP for... get this... 250! Friggin' OUCH! Especially when everyone already has one. And what's the benefit? $2 mini games that ALSO work on your old PSP?

Sony should have released the PSPGo as a mini PSP that costs 100 and can play all kinds of mini games. Look at the DS. There's a market for cheap fun.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:58:06 AM

Well, one of the benefits was the sudden appearance of nearly 100 new downloadable games for the PSP, along with an assurance that all future PSP releases will be available for download as well as on UMD.

I'll buy a Go when it hits $199.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:30:15 PM
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I bought mine Oct 2nd, due to the fact that the 3000 sucks, the headphone jack broke while in its case after hitting the floor from two feet high, then the UMD drive failed two months ago, so Im loving my go, happy to pay it. Thanks Sony, it doesn't feel cheap unlike the 3000.Plus the grips and bluetooth tethering doms.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:37:51 PM

I don't know why you had such bad luck with the PSP-3000 but I've had mine since February and never had a problem with it. I do take care of mine and wouldn't let it fall to the floor like that. Really a shame that yours had problems.

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MadKatBebop
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:42:49 PM

Wow I'm sorry that happened. I dropped my 2000 ounce on an acrylic floor about 5 feet high outside its case and nothing broke!, but my battery case is kinda loose.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:43:44 PM

its only dropped a couple times, I fell asleep listening to music and it fell off the bed

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somethingrandom
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:12:47 AM

dropped my 1000 a few times,the battery and UMD drive just pop open. I stepped on it once when it was under a blanket and the umd drive just sticks out a bit. still works fine, the only problem is the power indicator light doesnt work. cant tell if its done charging without turning it on, cant tell if i left it on but the screen is off.

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nickert0n
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:48:57 AM

Well I have a PSP 1000 and it is solid, Ive dropped it from 4ft high on concrete and it was fine.
I will not be upgrading.

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nickert0n
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:51:03 AM

Well I have a PSP 1000 and it is solid, Ive dropped it from 4ft high on concrete and it was fine.
I will not be upgrading.

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Milonakis
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:33:02 PM
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I would buy the go but im in college and have no moneys. I might get it down the road if it goes down to 200. I think you'll give uncharted an 8.8. It won't compare to Metal Gear 4, ever. Especially if it features nazi zombie theives in a submarine.

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MadKatBebop
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:37:02 PM
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Has anyone gotten the PSP Go yet? I really want one I just don't have the money for it right now. I would have to choose between this or uncharted 2 and I want U2 more.

But for those who got is it really awesome? I read a lot of positive reviews on it.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:38:57 PM

If you look above, jamo_Indy_pub says he got one and in the forums, others have commented about having gotten one. I will get one... eventually...

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:42:08 PM

its pretty sweet, the stereo bt and bt tethering is awesome, the analog nua is so much more responsive, and so are the triggers, the micro mem sticks are pretty cheap, the docking station is cool too, not to mention the hard drive is pretty conveniant, and really brings the PSP to where it needed to be. Fits perfectly in pockets, the grips really do make a difference,hope I helped ya out.

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Juanalf
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:51:42 PM

@jmo_INDY_Repub1

Is it lower than the PSP 3000?

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:53:07 PM

@jmo_INDY_Repub1
I already know that the screen smudges easily but does the frame(the parts other then the screen and the buttons) smudge?

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:54:32 PM

what do u mean lower? if ur referring to the price, then no, but it definatively makes up for it in features.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:57:08 PM

the white doesnt, my friend Josh bought the whhjte one but on the black one does on the front, but not the back of it, for the buttons slightly in the right light.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:05:15 PM

I already got the black Go and put a few things on it but now that I've read that the white Go doesn't smudge I feel like returning it for the pearl white model. What do you think?

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Juanalf
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:06:43 PM

I meant the sound coming from the speakers.

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:10:18 PM

Hey dude, it all depends on ur taste man, if u dont want smudges then go for it, and for the speaker volume, its a little bit, hard to notice unless youve got a older model an a go side by side.

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:30:42 PM

I wanted black T-T but i guess i have to get the white cause im a neat freak. Lol i don't let a speck of dust got on my ps3 slim.

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Charger7302
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:37:56 PM
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I am one of those who is psyched about the psp go, but the price just keeps me away. I bought a psp 1000 and have only bought one game since it's launch, which was star wars battlefront, so the no umd conversion doesn't bother me. I hope pachter is right(for once) and sony do lower the psp go price.

And I don't know about you guys but I hate how many websites have said that it is now time to buy a ps3, because of U2. Last time I checked there have been many great games and in IMO better games then U2(MGS4), that justify the purchase of a ps3. (sorry kinda went off topic)

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:54:22 AM

Well, they have to have an excuse for saying it now. They can't just come out and admit that they've been wrong. So something new is needed as a deciding factor in the decision to back the PS3.

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Qwarktast1c
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:39:40 PM
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seriously.... $250??.... for $50 more you can buy a PS3 slim

just sayin....

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SnipeySnake
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:54:45 PM

Thats what i thought exactly when the ps3 got a price drop.

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shindelion
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:56:13 PM

Agreed!

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:59:40 PM

Hey and for an extra $150 I can get an iPhone.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:13:25 AM

You'll end up getting bad phone service with that iPhone. ;)

I've seen PS3 slims go for $200 lately. Pretty cheap.

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___________
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:43:43 AM

50 bucks more and i can get a Iphone.
and it only does everything ;)

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NiteKrawler
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 10:45:12 PM
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I'd say it could be a 10. But I voted between 9.5 and 9.9 just because we all know that Ben and Arnold don't throw around high scores easily.

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RustEDalex
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:32:51 PM

yeah, but uncharted and metal gear are almost similar if you ax me

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Juanalf
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:05:43 PM
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I'm fairly interested in the Go cause I would like to have it for OFW.Once it hits the 199 mark I'll get it in a second.As for U2 I've lately looked at most of Ben & Arnold's past reviews for the big name games and have come see that they are most of the time hard-asses(no offense).So I see U2 getting around a 8.4 to 9.2.

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Kowhoho
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:17:09 PM

Just so you know Ben, if you give the game a perfect score you'll make a young boy very happy. Hmm, now that I've written that it doesn't seem like it would influence your decision all that much... U2 FTW!

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Scarecrow
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:32:39 PM
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A perfect 10!



I can't believe they made the psp Go for small hands....that really kept me from getting one, or even thinking of getting one. I have big hands. I'll get a psp 3000.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:34:13 PM

Good boy

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Qubex
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:54:22 PM

When you get the 3000, stroke it nicely Scarecrow :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:38:05 AM

*anime drop*

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Neurotoxiny
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:39:03 PM
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Probably nab one of those Go's for my birthday

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DIsmael85
Sunday, October 04, 2009 @ 11:51:48 PM
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If they drop that price to $199, will grab one asap. As of right now, Im patiently waiting.

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Shadow_Ninja
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:15:30 AM
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im pretty arnold will give uncharted a perfect or near perfect score. not because you guys are being biased. but because that is what the game really deserves.

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tes37
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:54:24 AM

Telling Arnold you're pretty is not gonna get help with the review score.

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Aftab
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 6:32:10 AM

LOL!

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:11:26 AM

Hahahaha, nice piece of work tes37!

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Milonakis
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:19:36 AM
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All this talk of the psp go makes me have to go p asap

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Aftab
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 6:33:57 AM

Double LOL!

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:20:28 AM
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this package and setting is just so not practical and such a small handheld cant even fit well into my big palm. instant price drop is ahead.

bad move Sony

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___________
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:41:36 AM
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drop the price.
give me a way to convert my UMDs to memory sticks.
then will talk.
till then cheerio

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THEVERDIN
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:50:08 PM

I'm with you. Well said.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:21:35 AM
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I'm thinkin you guys are going to give it a perfect 10, considering practicaly everyone else has, and you guys have been promoting it more than most.

so unless you go politician on all of us Uncharted 2 will get a 10

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chucknasty
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:50:31 AM
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Getting a go tomorrow, not digging the size of the 3000 at all. I have a friend who will be quite happy to be getting a 3000 Dissidia package as a random gift.

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kreate
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:12:18 AM
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its cuz haters made various complaints about the price point, especially after michael pachter's comment about sony ripping people off with the psp go.

im sure all of u guys read the articles that flooded the internet where psp go is "ripping people off", a comment made by michael pachter in a interview with geoff knightly.

ever since than, people didnt have much interest in the psp go. and constantly we are reminded that we are stupid if we buy a psp go for the $250 price tag.

the price is just fine. its a new product. eventually the prices will go down. its a business. what do u expect?

at launch,the nintendo ds was overpriced. xbox360 was overpriced (c'mon how much does a dvd drive cost? surely not a 400-500 price tag). psp go is overpriced.
apple's line of products were(still arguably is) seriously overpriced. microsoft's windows software are overpriced. price price price is all i hear.

are we just hating on the psp go JUST cuz of its price? sure its not a psp2. its a psp go. i dont really care for it. but the price complaints seem little bit out of hand in my opinion.

sony dropped the price of the ps3. surely the day will come when psp go's price will drop. the question is... are U going to buy the psp go IF the price drops? or are u just complaining just cuz u like to complain?

*correct me if im wrong but, arent the games in physical media as well as digital? both ps3 and xbox360 has physical media and digital downloads. so whats up with the complaints about psp's approach of the same concept?
u can get a psp with umd. or the psp go without it. its an option.

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:24:45 AM

The problem is more than just price. In fact, I'd say "price" is the lesser of its problems. The PSP will do all that a Go will do, plus UMD support, larger screen and is, yes, cheaper. The Go only sounded marginally interesting when they where talking about UMD game conversion being possible. But now that it seems that's off the table, the redundant Go isn't looking too special.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:09:05 AM

Patcheter has to justify his existence with such controversy, otherwise people might notice he get's paid a lot for stating the obvious.

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SkantDragon
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:39:39 AM
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I think the PSPgo is an experiment by Sony. All of the moves they've made with pricing of both the unit itself and download content are speculative... as if they were setup to be generally overpriced, but also have a spread.

The PSPgo represents a new market concept. The big thing is not it's size or anything like that.. but that retail stores have no part in selling software for it. Businesswise, that's HUGE. It turns the standard bussiness model on its head.

And so what is Sony doing?

They're experimenting and moving very carefully.

Sony doesn't want the PSPgo to be flying off the shelves. At least not yet. I'm sure they know their current pricing will limit the number of buyers.

And that's exactly what they want.

It keeps that user base small enough that they can experiment more safely, and see how customers and retailers and everyone else reacts to all this.

And that approach makes sense. If you think about it, there are a lot of ways that an aggressively priced PSPgo could have Sony undermining itself. It has the capacity to collapse a lot of Sony's own existing business as well as seriously damage their relationship with retailers and developers.

Consider the effects if Sony were to, for instance, sell PSPgo's for $130 and sell the download games for half of their former UMD prices. That'd be great right? For consumers, sure. Think about what it would do to retailers and developers. Think about all the developers that have their UMD titles out there _which would be orphaned unexpectedly_. And retailers would obviously have their source of revenue cut as well.

I think when you look at it from this sort of perspective, Sony's pricing of the PSPgo suddenly makes sense.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:14:13 AM

I agree
It's probably to get test for the ps4 and how they might go all digital

The good thing 'bout all digital consoles is that they won't have to worry 'bout load times and all that stuff.

But still, downloading 20GB games doesn't sound fun lol

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frylock25
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:40:39 AM

you bring a good point and in the economy it kind of hurts to cut out the middle man. more business go under. not that gamestop would die from not selling as many psp games.

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CH1N00K
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:58:24 AM

Before they go all digital, they're probably going to want to figure out how to protect the games so they aren't so easily pirated. As far as I know the PS3 hasn't been hacked yet, but as soon as everything goes digital? yeah they'll be hacked before the games hit the shelves.

I agree that the PSP GO is a bit of a test run, even a bit ahead of it's time. But as far as sales go, remember that the old PSP's took a bit for them to start catching on too. (compared to the success of the DS, they never really did get moving that great)

I think the PSP will sell more after a price drop, but I'm more interested in seeing how people adapt to the not having to go to the store to buy games.

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:36:06 AM

I totally agree that the Go is a risky experiment by Sony. But to say they DON'T want it to succeed immediately sounds a little far fetched. The DLC only model has been in effect and successful for years now on the iPhone, which is the market Sony wants in on, hence the Go. It's also been snobbishly high priced like the iPhone. No company puts out products hoping for marginal profits.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:47:52 AM

No, PS3 has not been hacked yet. The removal of the hypervizor in the Slim is an interesting decision. They say it's because of the licensing cost (which I believe), but I also suspect it's because the hypervizor opened a very slight crack in the PS3's armor. The crack is gone now.

Someone supposedly has a mod chip for the PS3 - according to a recent news report that was more of a rumor than a report. However to install it you must first remove your PS3 from it's casing, completely disassemble it to expose the motherboard. Then you have to attached the mod chip, and solder it to thirteen separate locations on the motherboard (13 - lucky for some?). Then you re-assemble the PS3 and hope that you haven't just bricked your $300 gaming investment. ("Are you feeling lucky, punk? Go on. Make my day...") After doing all of that, there is no indication of what this wonder chip supposedly does for you, apart from make your PS3 almost certainly incompatible with all future firmware updates.

Now, the PS3 is based on an IBM design, I know for a fact that IBM can incorporate various 'trusted computing' security measures into their hardware - at the chip and motherboard level. The idea is to build hardware that is capable of detecting when it's been tampered with, as well as enabling the hardware along with it's system software to detect when the software it's running has been tampered with. IBM builds into the hardware various capabilities including crytography to ensure that the system can protect itself. A lot of people believe that Trusted Computing is all about Digital Rights Management because it makes systems uniquely identifiable. However that is not the focus. The focus is protecting consumers against unauthorized use/abuse of their systems. TCP is about preventing hardware and software tampering that breaches system integrity. With all the malware and virus software around these days, detecting/ preventing intrusions would seem to be a good thing.

So, on the assumption that the PS3 design includes at least some of the Trusted Computing Platform technology, I would think it is a vary robust device. If anyone attempts to disable or get around the trusted computing platform (which is what I expect this rumored mod chip tries to do), I would be **very** surprised if it worked for more than a single firmware revision. In fact I would be very surprised if it worked for very long at all since the hardware is built to detect exactly this kind of tampering.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:47:38 PM

@Skantdragon,

Nice analysis. I agree with you. Except I do expect the price to drop to $199 by January.

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Aftab
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:16:14 AM
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The other thing worth mentioning is psp sales in 3rd-world/progressing foreign markets in Asia, and the Mideast. PSP is the top selling game console in those areas simply because of the pirated software, which allows you to play copied games off the memory card, and which game shops openly sell. Price range is between 160 and 275 usd, depending on the condition of the psp (new, refurbished, used) and version (phat, slim). Games come on copied cds, where one would get 2-4 titles for about 1.25.

This might be an attempt by Sony to simply cut down on piracy in a market where they could be making a greater chunk of their sales. The PSP Go is in the same price range, and keeping games in the $5 range would still allow them to be profitable and affordable, while eliminating the rampant and widespread piracy.

In other markets, like Japan, PSP GO still has a great chance due to the how receptive the market is towards trendy portable devices.

So as it seems, the PSP Go most likely won't have much of a chance at it's current price in the NA market, but as far as the rest of the world is concerned, it still has huge potential.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:37:26 AM
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The important thing to consider is that a large amount of people who are members here probably already own a psp. I have a psp-1000 that is still going strong so i have no interest in the Go.

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Solid Fantasy
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:19:28 AM
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Give me a PSP2 with better CPU, GPU, and maybe even a 720p or higher res screen then we'll talk about buying another handheld. I don't care how small it is. My labtop is much bigger and I carry that thing with me where ever I go.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:52:52 AM

PSP2 wish list.

Mobile CellBE, Nvidia GPU (RSX lite) capable of emulating PSP's original GPU, analog (pressure sensitive) buttons, two analog sticks, touch sensitive screen, accelerometers, bluetooth, wireless Ethernet (802.11n), OLED or LED screen technology, no UMD, Memory stick micro and micro SD memory compatibility, multiple flash memory card ports, complete PSP and PS1 compatibility, 12 hour battery life.

Did I skip anything? Oh, yes, it makes my tea in the morning, gets my slippers inn the evening, and validates my existence.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:55:11 AM

The only thing on my psp2 wish list is ps2 compatibility. Its a long shot, but it would be awesome.
Sony would make a ton of money from people downloading Jak, God of War, and other AAA games from PSN to play on their psp2.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:10:21 AM

PS2 compatibility would be really hard on a PSP. You would have to do something with the hardware to cater for it. Even the PS3 can't properly emulate a PS2 in software alone.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:46:37 PM

Im curious if they can manufacture an EE chip small enough to fit in the psp, then it could essentially run native. I dont know much about the insides of a ps2, but technology has come a long way since the ps2 (of even the ps2 slim) was designed. I wouldnt mind something a little bigger than the current psp.
I know it probably will never happen, but it would be awesome.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:50:03 PM

The EE isn't the problem, it's the GS in the PS2 that can't be emulated in software. There are specific hardware capabilities that chip has that it's not possible to emulate purely through software. The GS has the ability to move data around far faster than most hardware around even today. It's not because it has a higher clock, it's because it has very, very wide data paths which are not common even today.

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JackC8
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:25:00 AM
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I can't figure out why the Go is so expensive. It DOESN'T have a UMD drive, you would think that would be cheaper. And they didn't add the second analog stick everyone is clamoring for, because they didn't want to alienate current PSP owners. They just made it so you can't play any of your current games on it. HUH??? I don't understand what Sony was thinking there.

I also don't like the idea of downloadable only games. It means there's absolutely no competition when it comes to pricing. You'll never have a retailer who says "This game isn't selling well, let's put it on sale and clear out the excess inventory". Nope, you'll have to wait for Sony to drop the price. And Maybe the game is selling well in Japan, so Sony's still making money off it, unlike a US or European retailer who bought a bunch of copies and can't get rid of them.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:28:02 AM

Reasons;

Completely reesigned, new slide opener, new case, new screen, new chipset, new motherboard, new battery, new features (BlueTooth), 16GB built in Flash, updated wifi hardware...

Of course none of that jus5tifies the price which is only 16% less than a PS3. Hell if you apply UK value added tax (sales tax) you'd pay $294 on a base price of $249.99. That's PS3 money. Which genius at Sony HQ came up with the concept of paying so much for something so little? I want their job, apparently you can suggest illogical, crazy things and get paid for it. Director of Rumor Confirmation? Ha! How about Director of stupid MSRPs?

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maxpontiac
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:00:36 PM
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We have a PSP-2000 that works fine, that and 15 games. For us, it does not make sense.

Speaking of games...

GT PSP is an amazing title. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

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Nynja
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:11:29 PM
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I believe Sony should offer a deal with all PSP games released on PSN that were already available on UMD. Offer a temporary massive discount on old releases now available for download to spur PSP Go sales among current owners of the PSP.

One thing keeping me from buying the PSP Go is the cost it will take to repurchase all my UMD titles. This could even boost sales for new owners.

Clearly the $250 price point is just a bit too steep, though with 16GB of internal memory it is understandable that $199 price tag may be just out of reach at the moment.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:51:35 PM
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How about releasing all greatest hits titles for download with a $5 discount?

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johnld
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:58:32 PM
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I think a 199 price for a go still wont cut it, at least for me. I mean at 250 its close to a ps3 and "It does everything". I still think that sony should've released a psp 2 instead with the features that they wanted the psp go to include. After the psp 2 is established and internet is more stable then they could release a pspgo at a much lower price point. just like how they did with a ps3. either get a pspgo or the full experience with the psp2.

Damn, i want to play psp games on my ps3 too but thats never gonna happen cause psp sales are gonna go down.

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kevinater321
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:22:52 PM
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9.5 to 9.9 because you guys are tough reviewers ;) But the game definitly deserves more than 9.5

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