Many have questioned the launch of the PSP Go, questioning the sales numbers and whether or not it would actually take potential sales away from the older PSP-3000 model.
But as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president Andrew House told GamesIndustry.biz , both of the aforementioned concerns are ill-founded. First, he says packaged media isn't going anywhere "any time soon," and secondly, the PSP Go isn't "cannibalizing" sales of the UMD-equipped PSP-3000. Said House:
"I think we were always fairly clear, as far back as the original announcements, that this wasn't a replacement for the current PSP-3000 offering, and that it sits alongside that and packaged media. It's additive to the business. The early sales numbers that we've seen bear that out – I don't think there's been a huge amount of cannibalisation, and I think those sales have come in and lifted overall PSP sales.
It's clearly demonstrated that there is a consumer out there, and it's validated that proposition in moving more towards a digital download as a preferred means of getting content."
House reiterates something we've heard from developers and analysts ever since the advent of digital media: the industry needs to shift in that direction in order to fully respond to the demand, and "lessons would need to be learned." He also makes it clear that PS3 owners shouldn't worry about such a shift any time soon, primarily due to the "sheer size of the data that's becoming available." As for PSP Go sales, House says that despite some retailers refusing to stock the new unit, he still thinks things are going quite well. It'll be interesting to see the numbers once 2009 is over, and let's not forget about that supposedly confirmed PSP2 …