When Sony officially revealed the PSP Go at E3 in June, the sleek all-digital unit received a very positive reaction from handheld fans worldwide. However, the announced price – $250 – did seem a bit too high, and the complaints quickly began.
Well, one European retailer isn't just complaining; they're flat-out refusing to sell the PSP Go due to its lofty price tag. According to Eurogamer , the biggest Dutch retailer, Nedgame, has decided they won't sell the remodeled PSP in their stores. The first reason for this decision is the €249.99 price tag; the current PSP-3000 sells for only €169.99, and Nedgme also doesn't believe the smaller screen on the PSP Go warrants that price difference. But perhaps equally important as the price is the fact that the new PSP doesn't support UMD, which means Nedgame – along with any other retailer – won't be able to sell software for it, and if you didn't already know, retailers almost always make far more profit on software than on hardware. You can also forget about trading in your pre-owned titles, too. Therefore, this particular retailer probably doesn't see it as much of a loss to not stock the PSP Go, simply because the money they make from it may be minimal. Other retailers have similar concerns, but you can bet places like GameStop will certainly have it for sale come October 1.
Much like any other new piece of PlayStation hardware that hits the market, there are concerns. And like the PS3, price is a definite issue for some people. …but we see where the PS3 is now, right?