Is The PSP Go Dead Yet?

Is The PSP Go Dead Yet?

This is the last picture I took of my PSP Go before selling it on eBay for $US200. Is anyone still holding onto theirs?

Three months after Sony released the UMD-less, sliding screen PSP Go I finally caved and bought one of my very own. Why? For one, it is a very pretty device. It’s gorgeous, really, all compact and sleek and slide-able. The other reason was I figured it was easier for publishers to send me reviewable titles via a PlayStation Network code than UMD disc, so it wouldn’t matter that I couldn’t use them.

Cut to four months later, and I’ve received at least three or four preview builds for upcoming PSP titles on UMD. My favourite games from the PSP’s past aren’t available for purchase, and I still have a drawer nearly filled with UMD titles I can’t play.

It’s still extremely pretty, but the PSP Go is nearly useless to me.

It’s not like Sony is supporting the device either. Every new PSP game ad focuses on the PSP-3000 model of the system. One of the biggest PSP games of the system’s history, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, is coming out soon, with a limited-edition PSP-3000 bundle and nothing for the PSP Go whatsoever.

Everyone knows the system has failed. I know. Sony knows. Hell, even GameStop knows.

The video game retailer will still sell you a new PSP Go for $US250, but when I checked to see how much I could get towards a PSP-3000 by trading the more expensive system in, I was shocked to learn that the PSP Go is only worth $US50 to GameStop.

Which led me to eBay. The PSP Go still sells relatively well on the auction site, perhaps due to the preponderance of impulse buyers cruising the categories for a good deal. I set the “buy it now” price to $US200, posted my auction, and the next morning I had $US200 in my PayPal account and a trip to the post office to make.

So at least one market for the PSP Go is still strong. Though I can’t help but wonder when my system’s new owner will realise that the system he’s purchased is exactly the same as the PSP-3000, only it slides, can’t accept UMD drives, and has a slightly larger memory capacity than the older model with a 16GB Memory Stick Pro.

It’s been said before, and I’ll say it again: the PSP Go is no better than a broken PSP-3000 with a fresh new look.

So mine is gone now, the new owner seems pleased, and next weekend I’m picking up a new PSP-3000, hopefully one of those pretty lilac if I can find an extra Hannah Montana bundle lurking about Walmart. Sure, it’s packaged with a Hannah Montana movie and video game, but hey, at least the system will be able to play them.

Are there any PSP Go faithful still among us?


  • I work at a JB Hifi in games, and not long ago, a mum came into us.

    She thought she had done a good thing, by buying the newest psp model (GO), and about 15 psp titles for her sons birthday. I think the rest of the story explains itself.

    What were Sony even thinking with the go?

  • Is anyone surprised Sony haven’t given a crap about the Go and barely support it? Anyone? Honestly, given how little they support the PSP in the first place, you’d have to have been mad to think the Go was worth buying…

  • I’d love to see the market research they did prior to launching it that said people actually wanted this device.

    I’d love to see Sony integrate the next generation PSP into a phone.

    Give it a touch screen like the DS / iPhone, slide-out controller like the PSP Go (no crappy iPhone on-screen controllers, thanks), and give us the option of buying our games either download or physical retail. Then I will seriously consider buying one.

  • I’ve still got mine. I enjoy the fact that I can use bluetooth headphones with the thing and or use a PS3 controller. It certainly stings that there a many old games on the system I can’t pick up and even new release games not on the system either. It does look pretty and Sony could have done better with the unit if they were more aggressive with game releases and promotion. Steam for handles this is not.

  • I simply cannot rationalize paying over $100 for a device that, essentially, cannot play most of it’s games. I think it’s price point is it’s downfall.

  • I still believes sony released this thing dead. Yes it is very very pretty and has some fairly neat features (bluetooth) – but other than that it is a poorly executed concept.

  • The PSP-Go is yet another hammered Sony format. SCE failed by only half-supporting digital distribution, or more specifically failing to convince devs to support it. PSP owners unable to convert their already-bought UMD titles into digital ones, were never going to ‘upgrade’ to the Go. Then there is the fact that the drying-up of PSP AAA titles also means a dearth of new downloadable content for a digital-only device. The Minis and PS1 Classic stuff available to DL is all a given, but does not go far enough to outweight that fact PSP has a very thin stable of new games. They can only take solace in the fact that Nintendo have not capitalised properly on their own retro catalogue- I still dislike not being able to Game & Watch on DSi.

    Sony needs/needed more interplay between the PS3 and PSP- as it stands the most they have to do with each other, is that it is much easier to download on Ps3 to transfer onto PSP thats straight onto the portable. The Resistance and Assassins Creed linkings between platforms are exceptions rather than rules and that is a crying shame. Like Nintendo, they seem to have ignored the marketability of connecting your portable with your home console, and the increased sales when done properly.

    As it is, my PSPs are used for retro games and Monster Hunter. I am lucky that I can buy a game on PSN and load it onto both a Go and a PSP1000 for same price- I paid $32 for Monster Hunter so that’s a winner. But I can’t network play it on both since Sony has its wonderful Activation system whereby they only work when logged in as the same acct that they were downloaded under. Which sucks.

    And then there is the UMD-only promos. I too have 10 or so, that I luckily have a PSP1000 to play on. Almost all of these come directly from Sony themselves. Each one of them is like an admission of defeat.

  • 1. I can’t abide someone complaining that they have to actually BUY a game to play it. GODS FORBID! DRM is a response to theft, not an assault on human rights (the obvious exception being Ubisoft’s DRM on AC2 for PC)
    2. You don’t need Wi-Fi. The console comes with software that lets you purchase, download and back-up games to/from a PC, and even has a media converter built in – not unlike iPhone and iTunes.
    3. People need to stop complaining that it doesn’t take UMD’s. If you have UMD’s, you bought them for a 3000 or earlier. PLAY THAT! If you’re new to the PSP market, get a Go!

  • why do people dislike the PSP go so much? UMDs are not that great, they’re large and not very portable, and the 3000s are way too big for a pocket, i can take my PSP go anywhere i want, and have all the games i want on it without a carry bag or anything… i think the main reason people don’t like it is because its expensive.

  • How can anyone defend this? The PSP Go is a stripped-down form of the PSP 3000 with less components, less moving parts and a smaller screen in a much smaller form factor, which by all rights should have been priced MUCH more aggressively. Instead we got a $400-450 monster (more than all 3 consoles right now).

    Products like the iPad proved that pure digital distribution can work. But PSN is not apple’s app store and without the plethora of cheaply available programs and games, why bother? All the PSN downloads costed MORE than physical UMDs (with retail competition). It’s not a terrible piece of hardware, it’s just Sony’s ridiculous pricing made it extremely unattractive. If Apple suddenly decided all its apps should be $30+, the ipad would die just as fast.

  • Suprised that the PSP-Go hasn’t been called out by MS fanboys as much as it has since it launched – this was one of Sony’s worst moments that i am aware of. I do beleive i said last year that this was going to be the flop of the decade and so far i think i am right 😛

    What went wrong for the GO? Three very simple problems:

    1) As said both in comments and article – the lack of any kind of support from Sony is disgusting. What do people who pony up the money to buy a go get – below second rate service from Sony and a crap all games library to buy from (and considering that is the only way you can get and play games – that’s just not right).

    2) Price point – who on earth is going to pay anywhere from $450 for this thing when you are also going to have to pay top dollar from a game library that is controlled by Sony and can force whatever price they want for a game? Who is going to pay $450 for this when you can get a PS3 for $20-30 more? I would be shocked to learn that this sold anywhere over 20,000 units in Australia in it’s lifetime.

    3) Lack of retailer support – Once EB Games announced that they were not stocking the GO that was all the sign you needed to know that this wasn’t going to sell. Sure hardcore gamers know to shop around and generally avoid EB’s because they only charge RRPs and only go in there to price match or when they have sales. But it is the mom and dads that stroll around the shopping centres and those impulse buys for their children (which most likely would not happen at $450 but that is not the point) would cease because the first store they would go to would most likely be EB games.

  • I got a PSP 3000 a few weeks ago. It is the best of both worlds, UMD and Download.
    The only way for sony to save the GO is go hurry up and get the large(?) PSP back catalog online ASAP!
    They also need to reduce the separation between US and AUS Online stores. I’ve been waiting for ‘What have I done to deserve this, my lord? 1/2’ for a while and got all excited when I saw it arrive in the PSN store, only to then read it was the US one, not the AUS one (at the time I thought them the same)
    Oh well, I have FFT to keep me busy, and Disgaea 2 is already available online at any time!

  • I was never interested because I still have a 2000.

    But surely it would have performed better with a better “apps” store.

    Also advertising is a BIG issue, especially when you advertise for the 3000 MORE.

  • All Sony need to do to sell a bajillion of these things is drop the price from $430AUD to $150 and have it as a bargain alternative to the DSi. Tell me they still wouldn’t make a profit it on it? It’s 6 year old tech.

    They priced it wrong. It’s only 50 bucks cheaper than a PS3. Are they f’ing insane? No wonder nobody is buying them.

    The price was always the downfall of this thing. There’s enough content on the PSN store to warrant a $150 entry level price.

  • ok so you don’t like the psp go. don’t Buy One. Simple. Personally i think its better than 3000. its lighter, looks better, gets rid of the UMD’s which were a massive fail, and i don’t know about the US store but the UK store has every psp game going and psone available to download and now minis, sure you can buy all these one a 3000 too but you still cant complain about the store. it’s got new features, is small and actually fits into your pocket and is an improvement. just because UMD’s are obviously made for 3000 doesn’t mean all games are, and its pricey cause it’s still fairly new! like everything else! i bet half u haters haven’t even seen one outside of your browser before and also in Europe 10 free games to download it’s actually cheaper….

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