Sony Computer Entertainment's Naoya Matsui has revealed that the PSPgo had always been on the drawing board at Sony, but is only being released now because the market was ready for it.
"We'd planned to release a PSP model without a UMD drive since the very beginning," he told Japan's GameBusiness. "But if we'd simply released the hardware, there wouldn't have been much for everyone to enjoy. We needed to prepare the right environment for it first - things like the transferral of content with the PS3 and PSN, and PC software to manage content like music and movies such as 'Media Go'".
"We wanted to release it when the delivery of digital content was on par with the delivery of physical media. That's what we've been working on these past two years. We'll be selling the PSPgo alongside the existing PSP models, because it's a product targeted at those people who are more accustomed to digital content."
Poor UMD. It never stood a chance!