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Rumor: PSPgo “relaunch” in the works at Sony

We wanted to like the PSPgo! Really! It’s light, feels nice in our wearied Writing Palms, and is cute as a button. But looks aren’t everything, and Sony seems to have learned that the hard way. So, what’s a platform behemoth to do? Well, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, right?

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PSPgo headlines

  • SCEA: PSPgo tripled PSP sales at some retailers

    Sorry, Mr. Major UK games retailer; the verdict’s in on the PSPgo, and – after a bit of our trademark expert analysis – we’ve ascertained that a “300 percent sales increase” doesn’t quite qualify as a miserable failure. Speaking with Kotaku, Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications and Social Media for SCEA, said that Sony’s […]

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  • "PSPgo will fail miserably," says major UK retailer

    Oh dear. The MD of Chips, UK’s largest independent games chain, has told GI he expects the PSPgo to “fail miserably”. Don McCabe said: “My own personal opinion is that it’s a no-go. I’ve been to a number of presentations to see if there’s anything there and I don’t feel it’ll go anywhere to be […]

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  • PSPgo already dropping to £200

    UK retailers have already started dropping the price of PSPgo, with Amazon, Play, GAME and HMV now selling the machine for £199.99. It was £224.99 when it launched last week. SCEE said earlier today that PSP hardware sales have risen 100 percent since PSPgo released on October 1. Thanks, EG.

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  • SCEE: PSPgo has "performed in line with our expectations"

    SCEE has said in a statement to GI that sales of the PSPgo have performed in line with their “expectations”, with sales of up 100% for PSP hardware since the Go launched on Thursday. “PSPgo has performed in line with our expectations, driving 100 per cent incremental volume for the category and has benefited the […]

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  • PSN demo for Undead Knights was actually the full game

    Tecmo’s Undead Knights had a demo up on PSN, and gamers who decided to give it a try, noticed that it was not just demo, but the full game. Speaking with D’toid, who noticed the free game, Tecmo told the site previously that he final code for the game had yet to be approved – […]

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  • Ghostbusters on PSP and PSPgo getting a November release

    Ghostbusters: The Video Game has been given a November 3 release for PSP and PSPgo. Atari, the US publisher, says it will contain “features unique to the platform”, including the ability to “switch between four equipment sets to access eight unique proton pack functions and use gadgets like the PKE Meter and Parapgoggles to scan […]

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  • Some Blu-ray films to allow a transfer onto PSP

    Sony has said that the transferring of Blu-ray films to PSP is a decision for Hollywood studios, not the platform holder. Speaking with Eurogamer, a spokesperson for Sony stated that Blu-ray releases of Tropic Thunder and RocknRolla already support the feature for the handheald, but are viewed at a reduced quality. This statement from Sony […]

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  • PSPgo Minis - 13 launch titles available now

    SCEE just press released all the Minis shipping with PSPgo today, giving details for all 13 games. Alien Havoc, Tetris and so on are available now. Hit the link for everything.

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  • PSPgo launches - review round-up

    PSPgo is now on sale, or at least it will be in an hour when the shops open. Priced £225, the handheld revision charts a brave new path into a discless future, armed with Bluetooth tethering and a monster supply of downloadable full price games and Minis. We’ll have more on the machine’s release throughout […]

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  • US PSN update - Over 100 games mark PSPgo release

    PSPgo launches today, as is perfectly obvious by this week’s American PSN update. More than 100 new PSP titles have been added to the Store, including GT PSP ($40), God of War Chains of Olympus ($16) and PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe ($20) Hit the link for the full thing. We’ll have more coverage on PSPgo’s launch […]

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  • Sony expected more retailers to be negative about PSPgo

    So a few European retailers have refused to stock PSPgo; walk in the park to Sony. The company expected a more vociferous backlash against the discless machine. “We were very aware of concerns when we went into it and I actually expected a lot more negative responses than we actually got,” PSP UK product manager […]

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  • Fieldrunners confirmed as Mini launch game for PSPgo

    iPhone tower defence juggernaut Fieldrunners will release as a PSPgo Mini this week, it’s just been confirmed on the Euro PS Blog. The PSP version includes new maps, new towers, new music and “enhanced graphics,” according to that post. Can’t say fairer than that. Hit the link for more. Movie after the break.

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  • PSPgo will launch with 16K bits of DLC in the US

    Sony has sent over a bit of PSPgo launch information to IGN that you may find interesting. On October 1, 16,000 pieces of digital content will be available for the PSPgo in the US which includes: 225 games (combination of full PSP titles, PSN exclusives, UMD legacy titles and Minis) 2,300 movies 13,300 television episodes […]

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  • PSPgo - UMD conversion program not possible for "legal reasons"

    SCEA’s finally confirmed that there will be no UMD conversion program for those upgrading to the discless PSPgo next week. “We were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time,” a rep for the firm’s US arm told Kotaku. End of. […]

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  • ESRB Ratings Guide comes preloaded on PSPgo

    The ESRB has revealed through the US PS Blog that Sony has embedded the board’s Video Game Ratings Guide directly onto PSPgo. Once accessed, it provides a walk through of ratings, categories and descriptions, and provides a tutorial for setting up parental controls. However, Sony has said even though the guide is automatically included with […]

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  • ShopTo says PSPgo is "almost dead before it arrives", Pachter disagrees

    ShopTo boss Igor Cipolletta has told Eurogamer that while his business has no plans to boycott PSPgo like other European retailers, he feels that the handheld is “almost dead before it has arrived”. “We do have it listed on the site, but we are not concentrating any big marketing behind it,” he said. “Sony has […]

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  • Dev kits for PSP may eventually be free

    SCEE’s Zeno Colaco has told Develop that Sony may stop charging for PSP dev kits someday, instead of charging $1500 per kit, when comparatively, the iPhone SDK is free. “Further down the line, we may investigate a totally free model or supported model,” he said. “Right now, we’re looking for a good portfolio of games. […]

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  • LittleBigPlanet PSP screens show off the cute

    Some LittleBigPlanet PSP screens are posted over on D’Toid and some over on Eurogamer France too. Both links show basically the same thing. Game is out later this year for the handheld, and it looks rather cute. Go have a look.

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  • Gameloft announces PSPgo line-up for the holidays

    Gameloft has announced five titles it is readying for PSPgo and PSP. “For the past 10 years our focus and expertise has been digitally distributed games. From mobile games to iPhone/iPod Touch to next-gen consoles, our success stems from the ability to adapt and evolve on the latest platforms,” said Gameloft president Michel Guillemot “The […]

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