I reported the other day that the PSP Go was rumored to be finished. It was going around the internet that Sony’s hand held gamble was no longer being produced. News coming out today seems to say otherwise.
The PSP Go was released in 2009. It Promised the ability to have a completely UMDless portable gaming platform, making gaming on the go an ease. It never really caught on and now there are reports we won’t be seeing anymore PSP Go’s on the shelves.
SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton seems to be preparing consumers for a higher than expected price for the PSP’s successor, the NGP (Next Generation Portable).
According to a source “familiar close to the matter” three Sony Online Entertainment studios in Denver, Seattle, and Tucson have foregone closures.
Because we need more reasons not to buy the PSP Go, the prices for the PSP Go on Sony’s page seems to have gone back up to its original price of $199.99. Prices for the PSP Go on various other retailers also does not reflect the price drop as well.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has cut the retail price of the PSP Go by $50.00 to $149.99, while the older PSP 3000 got a $40.00 price cut to $129.99. The question is: will anyone notice?
It appears that Sony is not out of the running in the handheld gaming market. President and Group CEO of SCEI, Kazuo Hirai, made the announcement today at PlayStation Meeting 2011. It is currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable.)