PSPgo is gone for good

Sony has confirmed the end of their PSPgo portable entertainment system. After having launched on October 1st, 2009 in Europe and North America, and November 1st 2009 in Japan, the console never launched with a vast degree of success. The PSPgo offered a unique selling point as a portable device: all games were stored internally on 16GB of flash memory, meaning Sony's UMD discs were not needed to play games.

However, this selling point was not sufficient to save the portable system from ceasing production. Sony has confirmed that the PSPgo production has ended, to a Japanese group known as Impress Watch. Sony have already promised to support the console with firmware updates, support, and repairs, but there will be no further stock of the portable device. Due to the high selling price of the PSPgo, it did not take off at the same rate as the original PSP family. Sony still intends to maintain the PSP-3000, the final variant of the original PSP, even now that the PSPgo is no longer in production.

Support for the PSP-3000 will likely continue until the release of the 'NGP' (Next Generation Portable), as Sony has marketed it. The NGP appeared at the 'Playstation Meeting' on January 27th, 2011, and is intended to release in Q4 2011. Images of a new PSP motherboard released in 2010 left people speculating that Sony may be intending to revise the PSPgo. This possibility has since been ruled out by the halted production of the handheld.

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Terry_X said,
the psp go was hacked earlier this year......iso's can be played on it

It was hacked for the sake of homebrew though, right?

I would have thought you guys would have some friends high up there or somewhere in the tech world to put some screws on FB.

ccoltmanm said,
I would have thought you guys would have some friends high up there or somewhere in the tech world to put some screws on FB.

Sir, I think you might be in the wrong place

Sraf said,

Sir, I think you might be in the wrong place

Either that or an inter-dimensional time lapse.

Yeah I'm poor at jokes and don't know if that made any sense at all.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Now, announce Sony giving up the handheld range and then it'll be great.

Why? The PSP is actually a pretty good system (and it is outselling the 3DS in Japan). And if the NGP lives up to it's alleged specifications it's going to be a powerhouse of portable gaming.

The PSPGo was rubbish, no debates there, but because a company makes one product that fails doesn't mean they should abandon the entire idea of ever releasing another product in that category/range/type. If every company did that no company we know of today would be in existence.

I've got a good 30 or so UMDs for my PSP. The fact that I could not play nor convert them to use on a PSPGo, unless I bought them yet again, for the few that were available on PSN, just made the system an unwise purchase for me as well as countless others, I'm sure. Sony really did not think this one through.

NeoTrunks said,
I've got a good 30 or so UMDs for my PSP. The fact that I could not play nor convert them to use on a PSPGo, unless I bought them yet again, for the few that were available on PSN, just made the system an unwise purchase for me as well as countless others, I'm sure. Sony really did not think this one through.

Yeah, that's another reason the system didn't have much appeal. It wouldn't have been too bad if everyone could at least covert their existing umd collection to use on the PSP-Go and Sony provided an easy to use tool to automate that process.

Xtreme2damax said,

Yeah, that's another reason the system didn't have much appeal. It wouldn't have been too bad if everyone could at least covert their existing umd collection to use on the PSP-Go and Sony provided an easy to use tool to automate that process.

Or hell, a system where you could walk into a store with your UMDs and get a download voucher for the game

Sraf said,

Or hell, a system where you could walk into a store with your UMDs and get a download voucher for the game

True that. There's still the issues of those that don't have internet, high speed internet, stable connection and those that have strict usage caps. Distributing games on memory sticks and providing a way to easily back up your existing UMD collection would have gone over a lot better.

I don't think my local Walmart or Gamestop ever stocked the PSP-Go, if they did I never saw it. The system was a flop from the start. Most people especially the average Joe gamer buys games on media not to mention there are some that don't have an internet connection. A digital only handheld or any system just isn't going to go over well with the masses as the PSP-Go proved. If Sony wanted to ditch the umd drive and umd media, they should have opted to sell games for the PSP-Go on a high capacity memory stick or other flash storage medium.

Steam only works as well as it does on PC because it appeals to a more advanced, knowledgeable hardcore crowd not to mention Valve/Steam games are also sold in retail outlets on physical media.

Xtreme2damax said,
A digital only handheld or any system just isn't going to go over well with the masses as the PSP-Go proved.

When was the last time you used a handheld system that wasn't digital only? I don't think even the original gameboy had any analogue component to it. Maybe the volume roller on the side...?

Matt Sharpe said,

When was the last time you used a handheld system that wasn't digital only? I don't think even the original gameboy had any analogue component to it. Maybe the volume roller on the side...?

I'm sure we all know he meant digital download only

Matt Sharpe said,

When was the last time you used a handheld system that wasn't digital only? I don't think even the original gameboy had any analogue component to it. Maybe the volume roller on the side...?

I was talking about digital downloads, was that not obvious from my post or something, I thought I was perfectly clear?

It can't just be a flop due to "Digital Download Only".

Last time I checked I never found a media drive of any sort on an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

Matt Sharpe said,

When was the last time you used a handheld system that wasn't digital only? I don't think even the original gameboy had any analogue component to it. Maybe the volume roller on the side...?

Despite there being 'digital audio', show me one handheld that uses it.
In fact, don't, because whatever medium the sound is transmitted on it always needs to go back to being an analogue signal to cause the speaker to vibrate

eangulus said,
It can't just be a flop due to "Digital Download Only".

Last time I checked I never found a media drive of any sort on an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

For me, it had to do with not being able to use my existing PSP games. There were some that were eventually released on PSN. but I would have had to have paid retail or just close to that to play them again. It wasn't worth it, sadly. If they were closer to the price of iOS games, it wouldn't have been so bad repurchasing them.

eangulus said,
It can't just be a flop due to "Digital Download Only".

Last time I checked I never found a media drive of any sort on an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

Yes but don't forget that the iPhone/iPad serve other purposes such as phone calls and already have some default applications installed, downloading apps isn't really required to use the product. A PSP-Go is well, pretty much useless unless you download the games. Some people don't have an internet connection, some people don't have a stable high speed connection or a high speed connection at all, some people didn't want to re-buy their existing games they already had on UMD. Without a means for anyone to convert their existing umd collection to digital format the Go just didn't appeal to most or do all that well.

eangulus said,
It can't just be a flop due to "Digital Download Only".

Last time I checked I never found a media drive of any sort on an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

+1
or WP7/Android...

eangulus said,
It can't just be a flop due to "Digital Download Only".

Last time I checked I never found a media drive of any sort on an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

"Digital Download Only" + Cost + Lack of Additional Functionality (as in iOS devices) = flop

It was a combination of things. They might have gotten somewhere if it read UMDs or something. Sony should have offered a trade in program to get digital downloads for UMD discs that were mailed to them or something.

Ding Dong! The GO is dead. Which GO? The PSPgo!
Ding Dong! The PSPgo is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the PSPgo is dead. It's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.