Independent retailers Chips and Grainger Games have small expectations for the PSP Go release in UK shops.
Both have yet to receive pre-orders for the handheld, and while Grainger plans to offer small quantities of PSP Go, Chips doesn’t see a reason to stock it unless customers specifically ask for it.
“From my point of view I’ve got to think, ‘Do I want to stock this?’ Right now I can’t see any justification for stocking it,”managing director Don McCabe told Edge. “Certainly I’m not getting the response from consumers. Normally when a new piece of kit is launched or announced I’ll get a multitude of people saying ‘As soon as that comes out I want one of those.’
“[Potential] first adopters are on the phone within seconds of it being announced and you’ve got your pre-orders. I don’t have a single pre-order for PSP Go at the moment.”
Chips currently has 30 stores in the UK, and McCabe said that if the chain “suddenly gets a wealth of pre-orders”, he’ll reconsider his position.
Until then, the store has no intentions of stocking the product.