PSP Go Software Prices On Par With Games On App Store
While we already know a great deal about Sony's impressive new handheld, there has been much speculation concerning the price of the corresponding software.
Some say it will cost the same as current PSP titles and while that may be true for big-budget productions, we have to remember that Sony is catering to a slightly wider demographic with the PSP Go. It's more of a tech device to appeal to the gadget lovers out there, many of whom are little more than casual gamers. This is why we've heard about the smaller, "bite-size" pieces of software that would further reflect the fact that there is no need for standard retail packaging. Now, according to UK site PocketGamer, it seems the prices may be even lower than expected: the games will be set at "1, 2 and 5 Euros," which would put them on par with the titles available on the App Store for the iPhone. They also point out that some stuff on the App Store - like The Sims 3 - is priced at $9.99, which would make many of the PSP Go offerings cheaper by comparison. This is in addition to Sony's asking many iPhone developers to make some software for the PSP Go, so it seems more and more likely that these casual "bite-size" experiences will be in abundance. Of course, you'll still be able to play those other fully-fledged handheld productions, too, so it's like adding to the repertoire.
Or so we hope. We've wondered before if this new emphasis on casual gaming might take some emphasis away from big stuff we've had in the past (God of War: Chains of Olympus). We don't think that'll be the case, though, and it's good to see software prices so low.
8/14/2009 Ben Dutka