PSPgo's Price Is Slashed In US And Japan [Update]

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Western retailers have already been knocking $50 off the PSPgo's $249 price tag. Today, Sony made the price-cut official in the U.S. official. The cut for Japan, however, is twice as big.

According to Reuters, the PSPgo will be priced at $199 in the US instead of the previous $249 list price.


After less than a year on the market in Japan, the digital-download-only PSPgo will get a whopping ¥10,000 (US$124) price cut.

Starting on October 26, the PSPgo will retail for ¥16,800 ($208), instead of the ¥26,800 ($332) Sony now charges.

Sony Computer Entertainment Kaz Hirai previously said that PSPgo pricing is "perhaps an issue".


Update: According to Sony Europe, the PSPgo will be priced £159.99 in the UK from November 1st.

The disc-less PSPgo was first shown at the 2009 E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles and went on sale on October 1 in North America for $249 as well as in Europe. The handheld went on sale in Japan on November 1, 2009.


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I'll say this, for those who already have an ass-ton of PSP compatible PSN downloads to fill the thing up with on day one (that was my justification for buying one early on ... well, that and being tired of carrying around a bunch of UMDs and memory sticks), it's a pretty damned beautiful bit of portable gaming hardware.

Also, PLAYSTATION PLUS Owners get a few free PS1/PSP things a week, and frequent discounts on decent sofware ... so if you're one of those you'll have weekly things to add to the Go.

Also, IMO a decent amount of good PSP software has gone on sale and/or dropped in price enough to justify PSN purchase. YES YES there are still some outrageously overpriced PSP titles up there, but take the good with the bad, at least some of them at the $10 price point, and you get to download them on up to 5 registered PSPs per purchase.

So, at this price point (and when it inevtably drops more) this isn't a terrible purchase.

Unlike other PSPs the Go has bluetooth, which is a nice bonus ... it's very cool to hook the Go up to a TV and use a PS3 Dual Shock as a controller.