So now it’s not only consumers and retailers saying Sony’s PSP Go is a disaster: it’s the guys who make the games as well. Since it was first announced earlier this year, Sony’s latest handheld – which only plays downloadable games – has blundered its way from disaster to disaster.
Retailers have refused to stock it (because there are no physical PSP Go games to make profits from), consumers won’t buy it, (because the download-only games are too pricey), and the console’s first price cuts arrived within a week of it being available (because it wasn’t selling). And now, even the industry is attacking the little handheld that couldn’t. Speaking to Develop, Travelers Tales founder Jon Burton had this to say:
“I own a PSPgo but don’t want to buy LittleBigPlanet, for instance, as I can get it 20% cheaper on UMD from Amazon and could resell it once I’m finished with it. But if I download it, I get no discount, and no chance to resell – how annoying is that? I’m betting on Sony making PSPgo games much cheaper than the UMD versions, or the PSPgo will die.”
I couldn’t agree more. But then I think everybody but Sony would agree with those sentiments. Charging the same (or even a greater) amount of money for a digital game with virtually no resale value is plain bullshit on toast, Sony. No wonder the damn thing is selling like plasticine ladders.