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.

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BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Houston, we have a problem

JohnnyGold
JohnnyGold
11 years ago

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.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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

chedison
chedison
11 years ago

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

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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.

chedison
chedison
11 years ago

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.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

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.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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


Last edited by Jawknee on 2/2/2010 12:35:53 AM

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

Make it a phone and give it a touch screen and it would sell insanely.

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

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.)

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

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

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

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

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

People still use screens?

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

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!

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Why not have the PSP2 be a combination of the PSP UMD and PSPGo? 32Gb + UMD + 2 analog sticks = PSP2

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

screw all this redesign crap for the psp

just make the psp 2 dammit!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I'll get one when I hit the lottery so I can play on the go at my cabins and beach houses.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/1/2010 10:20:41 PM

Milonakis
Milonakis
11 years ago

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. =:)

St_Jimmy
St_Jimmy
11 years ago

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

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

musta been in his shirt pocket

Milonakis
Milonakis
11 years ago

yup, front coat pocket.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

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.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

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.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/1/2010 10:59:06 PM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

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.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

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.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

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"


Last edited by Qubex on 2/1/2010 11:07:54 PM

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

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! 😉

St_Jimmy
St_Jimmy
11 years ago

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

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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

Love my iPhone.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

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"

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

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!

mobile
mobile
11 years ago

<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.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

In order to make it successful they need to make it cost at least the same as a PSP-3000.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

correction: "at most"

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

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

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.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

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.

rossinator_99
rossinator_99
11 years ago

you forgot gameboy advance

chedison
chedison
11 years ago

also forgot gameboy advance SP and gameboy micro.


Last edited by chedison on 2/2/2010 1:16:59 AM

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

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

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

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.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

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"

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

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.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

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.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

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"


Last edited by Qubex on 2/2/2010 6:24:27 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@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.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

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"

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

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?

___________
___________
11 years ago

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.