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Rumor: PSP Go Relaunch "Imminent?"

Although Sony insists the PSP Go is performing up to expectations, the flashy new portable unit still hasn't generated a huge amount of popularity.

There have been plenty of rumors circulating concerning the possible launch of a new PSP, but that handheld iteration will be like a sequel to the UMD-based PSP-3000 and we haven't heard of a PSP Go revamp. Well, it may not get any such revamp but Sony still might attempt a relaunch of sorts. According to Gamervision, "someone close to Sony" has confirmed that a fresh relaunch is inevitable, and that it will come complete with a revitalized marketing blitz in order to spark newfound interest in the all-digital portable machine. Perhaps most important among many gamers is the price: this re-issuing of the PSP Go had better come along with a price drop; saying this fresh look at portable gaming costs no more than the first PSP that launched isn't cutting it. That might sound attractive on the surface but $250 is still too high, as most consumers have complained. However, that being said, there are certainly plenty of pieces of digital software available for the PSP Go and those who did spring for it seem happy with the purchase.

Perhaps a spring relaunch is possible and if that happens, we'll let you know how Sony plans on going about it. Maybe this time around, the requisite attention will be paid.

2/1/2010 9:08:05 PM John Shepard

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Comments (78 posts)

BikerSaint
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:36:44 PM
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Houston, we have a problem

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JohnnyGold
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:36:50 PM
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played final fantasy 8 for 4 hours at work today on my go. couldnt be happier with my purchase. i bought it for a very specific reason though - to play old ps1 games on the go. its sleek, its sexy, and it does everything i wanted it to. great device. hope ff9 comes out soon on the network. never even played it, would love to give it a try.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:41:10 PM

IX is pretty good. As with most all Final Fantasies.

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chedison
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:00:40 PM

I personally think 9 is as good as 7. That actually might tempt me to buy one myself....

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:20:13 PM

If you already have a PSP and a large enough memory stick, there's really no need. Unless you just want it of course. I have a 16gb card in my PSP-1000 and its holding 11 PS1 classics which includes FFVII and VIII.

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chedison
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:15:35 AM

I don't have one. ALthough my brother does have the 3000 model i guess? Not sure. I keep seeing more and more psp titles that i'd like to play and then the ps1 classics that i'd LOVE to play again make me want one pretty bad.

Both options kind of appeal to me at the same time: the psp has a larger screen and the UMDs I like. But the psp go has easy accessibility to download from the psn and is a little more portable.

But price and this news about a possible relaunch, I think I'll just wait.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:40:09 PM
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Figure out how to cut costs and make it cheaper. Then do the "relaunch". I might buy one then.

I played with one at best buy. It's a neat device. Nice second option to the mildly clunkier PSP-3000. But I still prefer UMD's so I'll be sticking with my PSP-1000 for now.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:45:07 PM

If you're that in need of a "cheaper" one, you can always stop by a GameStop and get one for $150 like the other people. I'd do it but I'm not giving GameStop any of my money.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:34:28 AM

You mean a used one right? Or is there some kind of promotion? Nah. I'm with you. No gamestop for me.

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SnipeySnake
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:42:42 PM
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Make it a phone and give it a touch screen and it would sell insanely.

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therabbitkinge
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:45:32 PM
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I like the idea of downloading certain games onto my PSP but I cannot buy a GO until there is a price drop. It has some really nice selling points for someone in my position though
-i trade games... a lot, this device will give me a solid collection.

-I don't have to worry about understocked games.

-I like the idea of ditching UMD's because of how easily they fall apart whit my busy lifestyle,

-Ive never owned a PSP before so I have no worries about it not using old accessories.

-i like a slim piece of tech that has an all in one feel to it.

If you fit somewhere in this very general mold of mine then this device is cool... after a $75 price drop and a few price cuts on digital games.
(^_^)
(That and laser powers.)

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:50:03 PM

If you've never owned a PSP then why would you have UMD's that "fall apart"?

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BikerSaint
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:27:59 PM

@therabbitkinge
Since I'm not tech savy, I'm curious to know just how would you be able to trade DLC games???

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Gregory Freeman
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:53:49 PM

Thinking the same thing...

My pot pipe's screen always falls apart what with my busy life style...

But I never smoked weed before, so it might be a great experience.

Oh the contradiction's are everywhere

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:26:00 PM

People still use screens?

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Kowhoho
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 9:56:18 PM
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I got one and I'm completely satisfied. I traveled to my uncle's house last summer for about 2 weeks to work a little job, and brought my PS3 with me. The stack of games I brought with it was VERY cumbersome. I might be going back this summer too, and if I had the same problem with the PSP it would start getting ridiculous. Plus the thing actually fits in my bloody pocket!

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Gone
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:18:06 PM
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Why not have the PSP2 be a combination of the PSP UMD and PSPGo? 32Gb + UMD + 2 analog sticks = PSP2

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Qwarktast1c
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:18:14 PM
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screw all this redesign crap for the psp

just make the psp 2 dammit!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:18:32 PM
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I'll get one when I hit the lottery so I can play on the go at my cabins and beach houses.

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Milonakis
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:37:50 PM
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I don't wanna tiny PSP. My 2000 saved my life in a car crash. It took the brunt of a rather nasty blow against the steering wheel. If I had a Go I'd be dead. =:)

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St_Jimmy
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:18:36 PM

You were playing your psp wile driving? If not then how else would it be there when you got in your accident?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:38:07 PM

musta been in his shirt pocket

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Milonakis
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:31:33 AM

yup, front coat pocket.

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Alienange
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:45:45 PM
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The price of the PSP Go is absolutely ridiculous. There is so much they can do with the idea of the PSP that it baffles the mind that they don't do it.

I for one think there should be a "kiddie" PSP and an "Adult" PSP. The kiddie one can compete with the DS and the adult one can include a phone.

What gaming adult doesn't want to finish their conversation and then jump right back into FFVIII ?

No. Instead we have the iPhone with it's games for retards and the PSP Go with it's PS3 price tag.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:58:14 PM

yeah, talk to me when it's $100. I'd rather just add a Slim to my place for a little more than what they are charging for a Go now.

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Fane1024
Saturday, February 06, 2010 @ 5:55:49 PM

Last I checked, the iPhone wasn't any cheaper, but it seems to get a pass because it's also a phone. And people have drunk Apple's kool aid.

mmmm...apple kool aid.

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Hezzron
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 10:51:03 PM
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The PSP GO came across as a more expensive, yet gimped version of the PSP-3000. A good price cut would be needed at the very least, if this device were to have any chance of being resuscitated.

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Qubex
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:03:57 PM
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I won't get a PsP-3000 nor a PsP Go Go because I would like to have the advantageous of both combined... therefore portable gaming for me at the moment is a no no...

As some have said above, it could be a wonderful device with phone capabilities and a second nub. Only issue with the phone tech is battery life, especially if you want to be using 3G HSPA+ for internet browsing and online play. It wouldn't last very long, not even a day. I work in this industry so I know, and we run a gadget phone testing lab too; so we do all these measurements to analyse overall performance of hand phone devices.

I also think Sony do not want to "confuse" the consumer.

They probably reckon (without actually admitting it publically) that quite a few gadget freaks would already own iPhones (or their own preferable phone device) and therefore don't need or want to compete in this area.

They may feel that sticking to the marketing line that superior portable gaming can only be found on the PsP is their best attact vector for now... eventhough I strongly feel Apple is really becoming a force to be reckoned with... and they will continue to grow in this area of business.

I am wondering if Sony are even taking the Apple threat seriously enough. All Apple needs is to create a "distinct gaming device" and market it as such and the game shifts.

Sony really need to "pre-empt" what a company like Apple could do with their design mastery and make an all encompassing device that would make people whom may be thinking of purchasing an iPhone to not actually do so, because the new PsP is more compelling...

I hope they do something. I think it is only a matter of time for Apple to make a concerted effort in the gaming space... there is just too much money...

Remember, you read it first here... I predict that Apple will launch their own gaming console in the future... this is my gut feel.

No doubts though, a price cut for the GO would make a difference in sales; this is simply obvious...

Q!

"i am home"

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Reccaman18
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:13:13 PM

I know what you mean. But Im one gadget freak who will never own an Apple product. That's why I can go for things like the PSPgo. Plus I am eagerly waiting the launch of the Sony Ericsson Experia X10 cell phone. It going to blow the iPhone out of the water. Or at least I think it will! ;)

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St_Jimmy
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:22:27 PM

I actually reallylike apple products, but that may be because i hate microsoft.:/

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Jawknee
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:27:23 PM

Oh come on! Apple's stuff is great. A little pricey but sill great none the less.

Love my iPhone.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 2:48:58 AM

I will be absolutely honest here, I too like Apple products; and that is what I am scared of. Sony still has a chance to do something, but if they don't and the big Apple starts roll'n... well then my friends... the next generation is going to look very different tomorrow than it is today...

My gut rumbles...

Q!

"i am home"

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Reccaman18
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:07:56 PM
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I love my PSPgo. I got it a while back, and so far I have a lot of downloads for it including FF7 and 8. All I need now is 9 and I'll be set for a while. I actually just got done with FF7 and Im going through 8 now. I don't think it needs a relaunch this early in it's life, just maybe a price drop. Lord knows if they do make a newer one with better specs, I'll have to get one of those!

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mobile
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:42:44 PM
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<a href="http://www.mobilephone.co.in">mobile phones</a>

Actually, Sony wants sales from their store. They want to maximize their margins. if those folks buy mostly used or even new UMD based games, Sony loses. Given the reviews of the Go I've read, I wouldn't take it if they gave it to me.

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Oyashiro
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:44:10 PM
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In order to make it successful they need to make it cost at least the same as a PSP-3000.

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Fane1024
Saturday, February 06, 2010 @ 5:58:42 PM

correction: "at most"

It already is "at least" the price of the 3000.

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Robochic
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 11:56:49 PM
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I would love PSPgo but I would have to agree with World for the price it's at I would rather get another PS3 for my bedroom.. I'll wait till the price comes down.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:12:48 AM
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I love how often mobile game systems get redesigned. It seems that there has been a new model of something out every year since the game boy launched. You know gameboy, gameboy pocket, gameboy slim, gameboy color. It seems like Sony is following suit only it is not advertising newer models (aside from the GO), it is just saying PSP.

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rossinator_99
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:04:52 AM

you forgot gameboy advance

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chedison
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:16:48 AM

also forgot gameboy advance SP and gameboy micro.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:30:17 PM

There are so damn many I just decided to cut it short at the end of the original line

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:29:00 AM
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So, this 'relaunch' will be the March even about 6 months after launch where the price of the Go finally comes down to something approaching reality as defined by the price of a PSP-3000?

Excellent, I may even have to think about getting one.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 2:50:58 AM

It's pretty bad though considering this is Sony we are talking about; they usually don't make these types of mistakes... let us admit it here, maybe the release of the Go was and already is a knee-jerk reaction to what Apple is doing. Sony have already lost against the DS, but with Apple, they may very well end up in 3rd place.

For it is only a matter of time :(

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 3:10:14 AM

You're wrong, Sony has been hugely successful. Tell me, what hand held gaming device that did not bear a Nintendo brand name has ever succeeded in the hand held gaming market? As for Apple, they talk a really good game, but gaming is a tertiary function of the iphone at best, and the iPad has a worse battery life than the PSP.

This is all quite apart from the fact that the PSP serves a different audience from the DS and the iPhone. Sure there is overlap, but it's different consumers who want different things.

To call the PSP a failure of any kind is insane considering how many PSPs have been sold now. As I mentioned at the beginning, other than Nintendo, no other hand held game unit has come within 25% of what Sony has done. Before you call the PSP a failure, you should consider how many have been sold so far.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 3:39:20 AM

I can't really see Apple doing much with the iPad. It doesn't seem suited for gaming. Yea you can play games but it's not a "gaming" device. The iPhone is ok for games but not ideal.

If Apple really wants to get into the market, they need to develope a console. Which I can't see them doing either.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:21:29 AM

The Highlander, I have always respected your opinion but please don't simply blurt out that I am "wrong", there are ways to be a little more diplomatic and balanced when replying :)

Firstly, I agree with you that Sony is using the Go as a "probable" test-bed to trial the validity of a distributable content model. That is what we are assuming; however, the Go delivered without UMD does make it pretty obvious...

Second, and I quote from your post, "To call the PSP a failure of any kind is insane...". Nowhere in my post did I actually say the PsP is a failure. You are absolutely right in-fact, it would be insane, but tell someone that who actually readily admits that... I know I didn't :)

*I have been merely pointing out and implying generally that Sony needs to be cautious and pre-emptive, and know, that if Apple wanted to, they could really shake things up.

Thirdly, in my opinion, and it's a strong one, it would be folly to think Apple, if they really wanted to, could not strike hard at Sony and give them a run for their money.

I ask you this, why should Jobs stop where he has? Why should Apple not challenge Sony and Nintendo? What stops them from thinking about designing the best hand held console of tomorrow?

I Personally think its insane not to think that Apple would not challenge this gold mine one day, maybe not now, this year or next, but in the future... what is stopping them?

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:51:18 AM

@Quebex,

Allow me to correct myself, you are correct, I was far too general, and blurted. You are correct, y9ou did not ay the PSP was a failure, but in the statement below, you did characterize the PSP as losing to the DS, which to many readers is another way of defining failure.

"Sony have already lost against the DS, but with Apple, they may very well end up in 3rd place."

I think that statement is wrong. When Sony entered the hand held market they were fighting such an uphill battle that no one expected that they would survive a year. No other handheld maker had been able to prevail against Nintendo. I also do not believe that Sony ever looked at the DS and Nintendo as a direct battle of competitors because I think Sony's business plan and goals with the PSP were to address a new market and in regard to that, the PSP has been successful for Sony. Not everything comes down to a simple us vs them. I think Sony realized this when they entered the handheld arena and instead of tackling Nintendo Head on, they went after market segments that were/are not addressed by the DS.

My apologies, I should have been clearer in my previous post, I meant no disrespect to anyone.

Regarding the PSP Go specifically, I see it as a technological and philosophical stepping stone for Sony in the hand held market. Technologically it bridges the distance from physical media to Digital by giving the PSP range an all digital device and driving more content into digital distribution.. In terms of philosophy, I think it allows Sony to experiment with the concepts of all digital delivery.

You're right to talk of the PSP2. I think that the PSP Go is a test bed for a number of things, including digital delivery of content, that will come to fruition with the PSP2.

Regarding iPad, I've read more than one review that suggested that it doesn't have sufficient battery life for a transatlantic flight, so 10 hours playing video seems a stretch unless the thing has a miser mode with an extremely low backlight level. Because of the size of the iPad, I don't think it's really a competitor in the handheld device market. Now, If someone - say Sony - were to bring out a device based on a flexible OLED screen allowing a small hand held to incorporate a larger screen, then we'd be cooking.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 11:19:06 AM

Ok, no problems my friend :)

The DS statement was a little skewed; i was thinking more about how phenomenal the overall sales have been of the DS and how difficult it will be for Sony to catch Nintendo specifically.

But as you stated, actual PsP hardware, from the 1000 to 3000, has been successful in it's own right.

The Go is struggling primarily because of price... and there are no doubts in my mind that some gadget geeks are also holding off buying the PsP generally whilst waiting for the release of the PsP 2... which surely must be on its way...

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:16:08 PM

Yeah, I wondered about the PSP2 as well. I couldn;t quite understand why Sony would push the PSP Go out if they were coming with the PSP2 a year or so later. Remember that Sony enabled the 333MHz mode in the PSP only in the last 18 months. I'm wondering whether that was done to stall for time with regard to the PSP2. Perhaps there are still a couple of years in the PSP before PSP2 arrives?

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___________
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 1:26:08 AM
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i say give up the go is NEVER going to be a big hit.
but what the hell 5 things sony needs to do to improve the gos sales.

1 price DAH!

2 make sure every single psp game is available to download.
i dont have a go for obvious reasons but have herd that most of the time downloadable games are released a week some times more after their UMB brother.

3 make some bloody decent psp games!
out of the hundreds of PSP games i have played only 4 are worth having the system for.
i dont know about you but i find it hard to justify 400 buck system for only 4 decent games.

4 more features give me a reason to spend 400 bucks on the system, than keep regularly give me reasons to use the dam thing.

5 lower the price of PSP games.
i really want assassins creed bloodlines and little big planet psp allong with GTA CTW.
but neither of those games are worth 50 bucks let alone the 70 their asking for.
70 FU**ING bucks for a FU**ING psp game.
you got to be kidding me!
not even GOW CoO or resistance retribution are worth 70 bucks.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 2:54:54 AM

Yes, a big part of it is Price Price Price... no doubt that would boost numbers and users... but I think Apple is going to do something in this space in the next few years... possibly in a far more concerted effort through marketing and specially developed I.P...

Ben has said it many times... its the software as much as the hardware. If Apple enlists some kick ass studios to produce really good games there will then be interesting dynamics at play and a great deal of new competition for Sony...

Sony must not be arrogant... they need to be careful of Apple... something is gonna happen I am sure of it... Jobs is simply onto everything.

Maybe some kick ass titles for the iPad is a possibility too... I am looking at getting the 2nd generation, with a few more additions to it. That would make quite an interesting entertainment device too...

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 3:15:18 AM

You are a short sighted person.

The PSP Go is a test bed for the digital distribution model, it's also far harder to hack compared to earlier PSPs. PSP Go is about the future, not the now. Priced as it is, it'll never sell as well as a PSP-3000 - clearly. However just like the PS3 slim, finding the right price could ignite the market. Either way, the PSP Go is Sony's way of transitioning consumers to the digital distribution model.

The initial introduction at a high price was testing the waters. If a 'relaunch' happens, it will more than likely bring the price down to PSP-3000 levels, and I would expect more colors and such like, perhaps even interchangeable face-plates. You know how people like to customize their electronics...

Look to the longer term.

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___________
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 5:54:37 AM

i know the go was a test for DD.
but did they really need a test?
i could of told you it would of not sold well, even if it was cheap, same price as the 3000.
me, my cuz and 2 friends were thinking of getting one even at that price but were put off because of the download only.

as for apple can they buy enough studios to make their games?
as shown this gen you need first party games third only wont cut the mustard.
they have the cash but will companies be willing to sign a exclusive deal with them?
besides that im weary because everything apple is a rip off so it wont be cheap, should give sony and M$ a big wake up call though.
so either way apple entering the game industry can only result in good things for us gamers so i say bring them on and lets see what they have to offer.

Ipad?
dont know much about it but it looks like a oversize iphone to me.
ill stick to my 3GS thanks.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:37:46 AM

"You are a short sighted person"... again The Highlander please do not use such a direct personal generalisation, I don't think I am a short sighted person.

If you read my posts carefully... all of them, I am implying a "what if" scenario... Generally my message has been that whilst any company (in most cases the bigger corporations that have large and deep pockets) has the right and the sense to want to "experiment" on its user base (or potential new user base) by releasing various models of a particular product, or look at a variety of business/content models... it does not mean, for one moment, that they cannot or should not heed what the competition could potential do to their direct market.

Again I repeat my concerns. Apple wants to continue to grow; as the iTunes/AppStore combination continues to grow and more developer develop games for Apples various platforms Apple may well be compelled to start taking the gaming route more and more seriously; why shouldn't it, they have a lot of the infrastructure in place?

I believe strongly Sony needs to heed this and monitor Apple closely... and who knows Highlander, one day a news article will remind you of our conversation here, and you will then have to admit the impossible happened...

To be honest, I also don't care much for the current PsP3000 nor the Go, what I would like to see now is real innovation put into a PsP II, a device Sony knows would make it hard for the competition to mimick or better in the next few years and help it stay ahead of any "potential" competition that may suddenly raise its ugly head...

When the iPad is released, I am expecting a slew of innovative apps and games to be made for it... RTS games could work well on the iPad. Also if you watch the Keynote address, there is a good example of what a full screen iPad specific FPS looks like... very nice and running at 1GHz speeds.

Jawknee... according to reports, the iPad can play video continuously for about 10hours before a re-charge. It can also sit in standby mode for about 1 month and still be operable for a short amount of time when you return... that is not bad...

Q!

"i am home"


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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:13:17 AM

@Quebex, I was not referring to you as short sighted, I was referring to Anonymous Cowherd aka the underline poster.

Their post - which is what I was replying to - sounded unduly pessimistic regarding the Go, and brought the old complaints of price and not enough games along for the ride. Complaining about the game library on the PSP might have had some merit two or three years ago, but not now.

As for the price complaints by Mr/Ms Cowherd, the DSi (in USD) costs the same as the PSP-3000. Considering just how much more the PSP-3000 can do and how much more hardware you get for your money, I am just sick and tired of hearing the same gripe about price thrown up again. The same is true when folks compare against the iPhone. The least I could find any iPhone for is $300, for a used device. iTouch with 16GB weighs in at about $200 (minimum) for a used device. When people gripe about price they seem to do so in a vacuum where Sony is slammed for being overpriced, but when you compare it against the devices routinely called competition for PSP, the PSP is either more capable and/or less expensive.

@Cowherd/Underline

You're absolutely correct, Apple needs first party games, and they have a long way to go to catch either Nintendo or Sony on that score. Apple seemed to put a lot of faith in the ability of their App Store to deliver what they want, but that not only relies on third parties, it also puts 'homebrew' software on the same playing field as third party published games. I'm not sure that really elevates the third party games to where their publishers would want them.

I agree completely with you about the PSP-Go not selling at the current price. If I remember correctly when they announced the price you were among those that basically said "Say what? That's nuts!". I'm pretty sure you also agreed that it would be about 6 months before the device got a price cut...

The iPad is an overgrown iPhone - without the phone! And considering the BOM for the iPhone the price they sell it at is outrageously high. They've made profit on the hardware since day one, and despite using pretty much off the shelf hardware they've used software and smoke and mirrors to make the thing seem miraculous and revolutionary. When I first saw the iPhone I thought it was just a PDA with cell phone functionality. Now, I think it's still a PDA with cell phone functionality. It pretends to be something more than it is.

It's like the iPad. It's an overgrown PDA. It's not pocket sized, and it's not a full tablet, so what is it? As I said in another reply, I am waiting for flexible OLED screens so that a truly portable device with a roll-up or folding screen can deliver a large screen display in a pocket fitting form.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 11:21:01 AM

Ok, got ya on that one Highlander :) .... I just call the dude, "Anonymous"... at least it is a name we can all refer too :)

I have to admit, the first generation iPad is still lacking, but I am sure second and third generation versions are going to sizzle when all the problems are ironed... not to mention the iPad specific apps available a year or two from now. It could be a very compelling buy for people who have money to waste... not to mention the dedicated Apple crowd that will buy anything with an Apple sticker on it... (incidentally, they also buy a lot of apples at the store... you know, it's just a trend... red and green)

Q!

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___________
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 @ 5:53:28 AM

i never said the psp is over priced i said the GO is over priced.
heck as i said i would not mind and would of bought one if it allowed me to buy games on memory sticks.
still cant understand why sony does not do that, they make the freaking things so it would be dirt cheap.
a perfect way to kill off the UMD drive because all PSPs can run games off the stick.
a 32GB stick cost me 120 bucks today, a 1GB stick is pittins!

everything sony is overpriced.
ok, yes their products are normally slightly better than the competish but not by a margin to justify the price hike.
they wanted freaking 10K for a 56 inch XBR, i can get a 56 inch pioneer KURO which is the worlds best tv for 6K!
for example sony Xploid speakers exact same specs as mine which are pioneer are 40 bucks more.
not to mention the pioneers are actually better.
i dont mind paying extra for things as long as its worth it.
but when im paying 500 bucks more compare to another product when its only worth 200 bucks more thats when i start to complain.

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D1g1tal5torm
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 4:18:54 AM
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'The initial introduction at a high price was testing the waters'

'Either way, the PSP Go is Sony's way of transitioning consumers to the digital distribution model.'

Even Sony aren't stupid enough to 'test the waters' in this manner.

They launched it as a legitimate product that has failed to muster the sales they expected.

Simple.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 4:45:36 AM
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I'm fine with my 1000 and 3000. My hands are too big for the GO.


Oh and I'm up at 4:45am because I've been playing WKC since 1am!

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chedison
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:40:19 AM

I want it! getting it today

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:51:56 AM

Argh! Forgot my pre-order!

Must...get...game...

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:59:59 AM
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Well, just as I was talking about the potential threats from Apple above (in posts)... it seems Sega beat them too it... well, kinda :)

It doesn't seem to be an "official" Sega system, however again, in the future why wouldn't Sega try their hand again if they feel a business case exists. Maybe, in their case specifically, they may not actually produce their own hardware again but they may use an integrated TV device, or a cable set top box, capable of playing content they make creating their own "eco-system" of sorts.

Have a look at the report on "QJ dot net" to see the sub $100 console Proves that competition can come from anywhere, and, if it takes hold, can be very disruptive to the laggards of the industry... no company should sit on their laurels, including Sony.

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:01:15 AM

LOL, a fun device from Sega. To me that looks very much like the kind of thing that Jakks Pacific gets into. Of course it being a device from Sega it undoubtedly has Sega games that are not available to anyone else.

I think that a more significant move or threat from Sega may come in the form of virtual consoles. I remember reading a while back that Sega was talking to Sony about emulation. The idea was to bring Sega's back catalog to PS3 via emulation, and there was some talk of PS2 emulation at the same time, although I suspect that was the usual wishful thinking. Imagine though if Sega were to drop a virtual Dreamcast onto PSN and sell games for it at $10 a pop... A virtual MegaDrive/Genesis or Saturn with games at $5-$10 a pop...Sega wouldn't have to manufacture anything, all they'd need to do is build an emulator on the PS3.

Now that's something that Sega could to that would ignite the industry...

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 11:22:28 AM

I think the "Virtual Console" idea you have there is spot on Highlander... no doubt this could be quite a threat if done right.

Q!

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The X Factor 9
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 8:49:47 AM
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I love my PSP GO. It is so much better than the old PSP in that it's actually portable and fits in your pocket without looking like you have a massive erection all the time.

The volume gets significantly louder, the control scheme feels a heck of a lot more comfortable to me, the save anywhere function is great, and Bluetooth is a nice touch.

That said, it does have its problems...
#1: Price. I got mine for $170 on sale so price isn't really an issue to me. Sony should put the pricing directly in line with the DSi and see how it fares. $250 is a bit ridiculous.
#2: Wi-Fi. For an all digital device to have a 802.11b Wi-Fi adapter is a bit ridiculous too...why not add a G or N adapter to make the downloads go significantly faster?
#3: Games...Or at least more sales on PSN games. Another PSP drought this year...Then again I have a PS3 and don't really care for anything on the PSP other than MGS:Peace Walker. Smart move by Sony to make the game a PSP exclusive. It needs the software.

Stop complaining about the price of expanding the memory too. I was able to find a 16 GB M2 Memory Card expansion for $35.

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:37:41 AM
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I was trying to point out a few things I apologize if the earlier rant had some confusing points I tend type to fast and I don't proof read, so to clarify:

I would like a PSPgo because I trade my games a lot and digital games can't be traded so my collection wouldn't diminish like it usually does.

Yes I've never owned a PSP but a tight group of friends and I would share our consoles and games as well as buy them for one another or hold them for one another and my UMD's would always fall to pieces.

Having never owned a PSP I would have to worry about the go not working with older accessories.

So yeah that's what I meant. Thanks @Canuk for the crack pipe joke really appreciated that one.

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XxNoir
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 9:42:36 AM
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Getting a PSP this summer,when KH:BBS is released in NA.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 6:44:06 PM

Same, unless my friend sells me his psp xD

KHBBS is gonna be epic! xD

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:25:51 AM
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Regarding PSP Go, has anyone used one for an extended period of time? I need to know how well it works for those of us with bigger hands. My hands have a large span and my finders are not what you would describe as the fingers of a surgeon or pianist. So if it truly is suited to smaller hands and fingers, I will hang onto my PSP-1000 and PSP-2000.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 11:29:36 AM

Highlander, i think if you have biggish hands (such as myself), playing intensely on the Go, and for long periods of time, in such a cramped space, could tire your hands out quickly.

I think initially it may feel ok, but try doing it for long periods of time. I think the PsP-3000 will suite us better. Best way to know though is go down to the local store and see of you can play on one for a while, GT or something similar, whereby specific buttons need to be kept depressed for long periods of time. Worth a Go :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 12:12:22 PM

Great idea, I'll go abuse my local GameStop's demo unit at the next opportunity....

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Darwin1967
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 2:07:56 PM
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Sony definately needs to re-address it's marketing strategy and price point. The majority of gamers that would use this product are under the age of 25. At 250.00 it's a bit like marketing a mercedes to 1st time car buyers. Personally, I wouldn't spend more than 150.00 or so on any portable device that would be used by my kids. 3-500 for a console that sits safely in my entertainment center is one thing...but 250.00 in a backpack...no way.

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 3:03:31 PM
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Doesn't Nintendo re-launch the DS every other month? It seems to work pretty well for them. The lemmings keep lining up and re-buying it.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:46:07 PM

They re-buy it. DS was replaced by DS Lite and now DSi. I want to know how many people purchased one to replace another leaving the old one in a dusty drawer or lonely GameStop somewhere...

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LittleBigMidget
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 5:33:36 PM
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Well I guess I'm the only one who likes the go. Why is everyone requesting it be like the Iphone? (Iphones are crap, BlackBerries FTW) The PSP is fine as it is.

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LightShow
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 5:41:43 PM
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as long as "relaunch" doesnt translate into "cut to $150" im not interested, impressed, excited, or anything of that persuasion.

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Jian2069
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 7:25:46 PM
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for $50 more i can get a ps3

hahahahahaha thats value right there

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Brklynty1
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 8:45:08 PM
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Alot of things need to happen for me to be convinced for this.


1. Price cut- $199 is doable
2. New specs- screen should be a little bigger and thw wifi needs to be upgraded. who still uses b? isnt N standard now?
3. Digital games the same price as umd- exactly why do they cost more again?
4. More accessories
5.PSP Needs good games overall


idk i ve never owned a psp and this was supposed to be my xmas gift but i passed, im banking on the 4000 now, possible bluetooth and the pause function would sell me

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