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Sony: PSP Go sales are better than anticipated
Posted on December 16, 2009 by Nick
 

The PSP Go has been the subject on constant scrutiny since it's October launch.  In October, the direct download-only portable launched in the US, alongside the highly anticipated Gran Turismo PSP.  Estimates put PSP Go sales at approximately 100,000 units sold, and overall, the PSP actually sold less than it did the previous October.  In Japan, the retooled hardware is less than half way through the initial shipment released last month, being outsold by the PS2 and Xbox 360 consistently.  At current rates, the Go's first shipment won't clear Japanese retail channels until April 2010.

Despite that, the PSP Go is apparently doing better than anticipated, according Sony marketing lead John Koller.  "We are over-forecast on what we thought we'd be selling on PSP Go, so we've been very pleased," said Koller in regards to the maligned handheld. 

Koller said the focus for the PSP Go in 2010 will be achieving parity between digital and physcial release dates - an issue that has hindered PSP game releases thus far, with even some first party titles shipping late for Go users.

I'm not sure if this is a case of Sony having unusually low expectations or what, but it's definitely suprising to hear that the PSP is doing better than expected.  The PSP Go is available now, for $250.  Check the full Game Pro interview here.

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giblet75 says:
Ha! I was right. This was an experiment (which gave Sony plenty of margin on each unit sold also) in what users want size-wise and download-vs-physical. I bet the statistics on this are being used for defining features for the PSP 2. Expect something with the rough size of an iPod touch. My belief is that they looked at the mylo and the psp and said "We can whip up something quick by combining these elements and dropping the UMD drive. Let's sell a prototype!"
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 10:58:42
BalramRules says:
Go on Sony = P, Make sure Microsoft's newly planned Xbox 180 (pronounced ten eighty) goes outta business = P Oh yeah, and make sure Microsoft leave the console wars, for GOOD! = )
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 12:34:44
BalramRules says:
Go on Sony = P, Make sure Microsoft's newly planned Xbox 180 (pronounced ten eighty) goes outta business = P Oh yeah, and make sure Microsoft leave the console wars, for GOOD! = )
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 12:34:44
giblet75 says:
Ha! I was right. This was an experiment (which gave Sony plenty of margin on each unit sold also) in what users want size-wise and download-vs-physical. I bet the statistics on this are being used for defining features for the PSP 2. Expect something with the rough size of an iPod touch. My belief is that they looked at the mylo and the psp and said "We can whip up something quick by combining these elements and dropping the UMD drive. Let's sell a prototype!"
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 10:58:42
giblet75 says:
Ha! I was right. This was an experiment (which gave Sony plenty of margin on each unit sold also) in what users want size-wise and download-vs-physical. I bet the statistics on this are being used for defining features for the PSP 2. Expect something with the rough size of an iPod touch. My belief is that they looked at the mylo and the psp and said "We can whip up something quick by combining these elements and dropping the UMD drive. Let's sell a prototype!"
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 10:58:42
BalramRules says:
Go on Sony = P, Make sure Microsoft's newly planned Xbox 180 (pronounced ten eighty) goes outta business = P Oh yeah, and make sure Microsoft leave the console wars, for GOOD! = )
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 12:34:44
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