PSPgo’s Japanese Launch Isn’t Looking Great
Sony’s PSPgo was released in Japan on Sunday, a month later than the European and US launches. Already it’s not off to the best start. Reports are suggesting that Sony’s newest handheld sold just over 28,000 units on its first day, compared with 170,000 units for Nintedo’s DSi. Gamasutra also notes that the PSP-3000 sold 140,000 within four days of launch.
While there’s not many figures on a European-American launch, as of October 20th, just 1000 PSPgo units had been sold in Australia. Sony claim to have seen a 300 percent rise in PSP sales, including crucially, the UMD version. The PSPgo has been hit with much criticism (quite a bit from Negative Gamer too) over the handheld’s hefty price tag, around $250.
Many sites have pointed out that you can buy a PlayStation 3 for a little more than what Sony is asking for the PSPgo and have attacked Sony’s “aspirational pricing” model. Sony have also claimed that it’s quite happy selling you the PSP-3000, something which has to be undermining the PSPgo’s sales. While it’s still early days for the PSPgo in Japan and around the world, it’s not looking promising.