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.