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PSP go issues are not digital-related, says Team 17 boss

Friday, 30th July 2010 19:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Team 17 boss Martyn Brown has said problems with PSP go have nothing to do with the fact it’s a digital device, but more so because of the price and available library.

Speaking with IncGamers about digital distribution and Worms Reloaded and Alien Breed, Brown said digital helped the firm out a lot, and reiterated his stance on it’s future.

“It’s totally changed the playing field for us and put the control back in our hands,” said Brown. “I would imagine none of this [release of Alien Breed and Worms] would have happened without the move to digital.

“Digital Distribution is here to stay. I think the issues with the PSPgo were somewhat different, basically the cost of the hardware, the software library and it’s pricing – the problem wasn’t that it was a digital device – look at the iPhone & appstore.”

The full interview with IncGamers is expected next week.

Worms Reloaded is to be released on August 26 through Steam, which gives you 10 percent off when you pre-order it.

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  1. Crysis

    there is no doubt in my mind that cost was the PSPgo’s biggest problem, especially when the home console is available @ a very similur price, this was meant to attract new comers, idk why people who already owned a console would consider ‘upgrading’ to the same gen -dif model console unless their’s has broken & they’re looking to replace it, but hey, that’ just me, i do not have $2000 a week to blow away

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xeren

    Agreed, the price is ridiculous. I was *very* excited for the Go, and was actually planning on buying one (my first PSP!), until I heard the price.

    Amazing that they’d pull a price stunt after the $599 bomb.

    The lack of UMD transfer was also an insult, and the lack of full availability for ALL new games is the last nail in the coffin.

    Good idea, horrendous execution.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    uh thank you captain obvious!! :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Aimless

    More damning than the hardware price is the cost of games. I believe Peace Walker costs £32 to buy digitally whereas a physical copy can be bought brand new for almost half that.

    I realise that games are priced on a per publisher basis and no one wants to step on the toes of brick and mortar retailers, but the price of digital goods is the elephant in the room that will have to be addressed at some point.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    - Price of handheld

    - Library issues

    - Price of downloadable games

    - One analogue stick

    - Select button on top of start button

    Fix these problems, improve graphics and create a fully-functioning online suite… and Sony, you’ll have a PSP2 worth buying.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    pretty much agree with 5, but i’d like to see Sony obtain better 3rd party support for it’s launch, it’s been quite horrible this gen with their launches, also love to see a full back catalogue of the ps2 & psone, & psp, when i say full, i mean every single decent game

    #6 4 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    @4 – this absolutely this!

    i know sony moans that its out of their hands and all but surely they must get some say? If not then how the **** did the think the go would ever have succeeded in the first place?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Freek

    First party digital services always go for the maximum price point, you see this on PSN, Live, Onlive and also the Go.
    It’s always cheaper to get the games in a store. Untill that fundemantal price gauging philosophy changes download services won’t really take off.

    So far Steam is the only one that takes advantage of the fact that prices can be anything you want in a digital enviroment.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crysis

    Love Valve for that, they’re the only digital distribution service this gen, which has got it right, i compare Steam with PSN & XBL & they have definately gotten digital distribution right, idk why Sony & MS are offering so little this gen, i’d like to see full games available for download the week they’re avaiable (preferably the day though)

    #9 4 years ago