UK Retailer Says PSP Go Will Be Dead on Arrival

| 17 Sep 2009 23:22
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UK retailer ShopTo is no fan of what Sony's doing with the PSP Go, refusing to market the device and calling it "almost" dead on arrival.

Some retailers in Europe aren't so happy with Sony's new direction with the PSP Go, which will make its debut in Europe in November. UK chain ShopTo is one of them, and while it's not taking the extreme route and out and out boycotting the device, it does have some unkind predictions for its future.

"I have the feeling that as a format it is almost dead before it has arrived, and it relies far too heavily on a customer base that is prepared to pay more for download content than the equivalent disc based product, and I suspect this market will soon dry up based on the technical limitations of the hardware," ShopTo's Igor Cipolletta told Eurogamer.

So do these guys think the PSP Go's a bad product that nobody will buy? No, they just have a problem with the business model it carries with it. The gripe for ShopTo and other retailers, is that the Go's digital-only approach cuts stores out of the business of selling games, a complaint industry analyst Michael Pachter thinks is a bit boneheaded.

"It's just silly for a retailer to say that they won't sell a big ticket gaming device because they can't sell the games," Pachter said. "Consumer electronics stores sell refrigerators and not food, everyone sells iPods and not the music for them; this position is just ridiculous."

For Pachter, these companies making a fuss right now might brew up some stink in the present, but they're going to have to deal with the future to survive. "Retailers have to face the fact that games will be increasingly offered over Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and cope with the outcome," he said. "To draw a line in the sand is wrong."

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It's fundamentally the same processing power as a PSP but with a larger screen? And no UMD drive? If I'm correct in my assumptions, I can't envisage why anyone would want to buy it.
The PSP's been around -what?- over four years, so you'd think that anyone wanting something like this would have got it by now.

ShopTo ?
Never heard of it

I might get a PSPgo if making games for it is fairly easy

Megacherv:
I've never even heard of ShopTo, so I doubt them not selling them will be a big problem

First thing I was thinking.

ShopTo is a minor online retailer which advertises on Eurogamer and has a reputation for shady practices, not limited to grey imports and theft, oh and their CEO was banned from doing business by the British government for five years and is technically trading illegally.

But let's not allow inconvenient facts to get in the way of a news article!

I have the 1st PSP to ever come out and I still love it. I'm not going to buy the new PSP, it looks like a phone not a handheld console.

Joshimodo:
An unnecessary and ugly sequel to an unpopular handheld won't sell well?

Well, there's a shocker.

And to think I was going to waste time posting this exact same opinion. Now I won't have to.

The only system Sony was making money on last I heard was the PS2. So obviously, what they should do is make another version of one of their systems that nobody's buying, right? Rather than, say, working on 100% B/C for their PS3s or coming out with a better PS2 model.

Therumancer:

Predictions based on digital distribution were based around the idea that by cutting out things like burning discs, packaging, and distribution, games and other electronic content could be released far more cheaply to the market. The industry being what it is however, rather than seeing this happen, digially purchused games and such have continued costing as much as their store bought counterparts, while at the same time depriving customers of
having a "disc in hand" as well as things like documentation.

And lo, did the words of wisdom appear.

Devs, if you want us to take this stuff seriously, you should understand what this poster has outlined.

Plus, as far as I know, and as far as I've seen, the PSP was pretty bad, and this newest outing just looks like a shitty reinventing...

I'm pretty sure its gonna bomb. It's an interesting concept, but the direct download market just hasn't gone mainstream enough yet, plus the onboard memory for the GO is pitiful considering how many games you might want. Plus what about all those PSP gamers who have invested in UMD's? Are Sony gonna give you a code to download your game for free? I've not heard much on that side of the argument - tbh I haven't really looked at much at all on the GO so know very little apart from the basic overview.

And yeh its ugly and looks uncomfortable.

Joshimodo:

JediMB:

If that's the case, then you might as well classify the Xbox 360 as unpopular.

Compared to the Wii? It is.

The term you're looking for is "less popular".

I at first was going to get the psp go but when I saw where its analogue stick was and where its d pad was as well I just thought no way the camera controlls for monster hunter would just get more akward...

If there is a reason to consider the PSP Go dead on arrival, it's because it costs more than the current PSP3000 and does nothing significantly better.

Honestly, IF I wanted my games downloadable, what's stopping me from getting a PSP3000 and a 16GB MemoryStick Pro Duo for cheaper?

JediMB:

If that's the case, then you might as well classify the Xbox 360 as unpopular.

Compared to the Wii? It is.

Joshimodo:

JediMB:

Joshimodo:
Versus the DS with 107 million+, it is.

That just makes it half as popular as the DS. Not unpopular.

(And, for the record, my only current-gen handheld is a DS.)

When there's only one competitor on the market, and you're barely scraping half their sales, I'm fairly sure that's unpopular.

If that's the case, then you might as well classify the Xbox 360 as unpopular.

JediMB:

Joshimodo:
Versus the DS with 107 million+, it is.

That just makes it half as popular as the DS. Not unpopular.

(And, for the record, my only current-gen handheld is a DS.)

When there's only one competitor on the market, and you're barely scraping half their sales, I'm fairly sure that's unpopular.

Joshimodo:
Versus the DS with 107 million+, it is.

That just makes it half as popular as the DS. Not unpopular.

(And, for the record, my only current-gen handheld is a DS.)

Joshimodo:
Awesome spoiler by the way.

SHOCKER remodeled human, type "Hopper", mass production model.

Keane Ng:

"It's just silly for a retailer to say that they won't sell a big ticket gaming device because they can't sell the games," Pachter said. "Consumer electronics stores sell refrigerators and not food, everyone sells iPods and not the music for them; this position is just ridiculous."

Different distribution and profit models. How did Pachter get to be an "analyst" again?

Game stores make profit on games, not hardware. Games have reasonable per volume profit, game devices have low per volume profit (profit made per cubic metre of storage space devoted to the item).

bue519:

Ehhh better than getting a DS.

Nah, because the DS is actually comfortable to hold and use. The crap game/good game ratio is slightly in favour of the DS too.

JediMB:

50+ million units is hardly unpopular.

No, here's a SHOCKER:

Versus the DS with 107 million+, it is.

Awesome spoiler by the way.

Joshimodo:
An unnecessary and ugly sequel to an unpopular handheld won't sell well?

Well, there's a shocker.

50+ million units is hardly unpopular.

No, here's a SHOCKER:

Retailers boycotting a device that cuts them out of the game sales market...never saw that coming.

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