PSPGo, the digital-only model of the PlayStation Portable, is being killed off. Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed to Japanese media that they are discontinuing the handheld less than two years after its launch.
Sony told AV Watch (via Kotaku) that they will not be manufacturing or shipping new PSPGo units so that they can “concentrate on the NGP.” They’ll continue to sell the existing stock, though. Maybe they will offer discounts to burn off their supply?
The PSPGo was launched in October 2009, a year after the PSP-3000. It’s the only PSP model to not have a UMD drive. Instead, games are downloaded from PlayStation Store. The higher price tag, as well as the fact that not all UMD-based games were available in download form, hurt the PSPGo’s capability to find an audience.
“[The PSP-3000] will continue to be sold, and we will keep focusing our attention on it from here on out,” Sony told AV Watch. In all likelihood, the PSP-3000 will live on as the bargain alternative to the NGP (the PSP’s successor) when the latter launches in late 2011.
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Submited at Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:00 pm on PSP by dave
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