Sony threw itself whole-heartedly into the world of digital-only media. It seems somehow fitting then, that the PSP Go will likely die a slow and painful death, and its demise will undoubtedly set back the digital experiment by years.
From the article: "In essence, if the Go flops (which it likely will), then it's going to scare other companies away from the digital model for the foreseeable future. Manufacturers will point out that the market isn't ready for the digital format yet (it isn't), and will shy away from any big changes in the next console generation." Wow, I see the author COMPLETELY ignored the iPhone when he wrote this crud.
The iPhone is a phone. This is a gaming console. Apps are smaller on iPhone and they're just something to pass time.
I agree with both of you, the iphone has digital distribution written all over it and it works just fine. But the iphone is not much of a gaming platform. I see nothing wrong with the PSPgo, I don't own one yet, waits for a good hack.. but I think this article is rubbish
Part of the problem with the PSP Go is that it exists with the PSP. One system you can only download stuff while the other allows you to download and have physical copies of games. People see two different things and will second guess themselves when thinking about what they will lose when they purchase one or the other. I personally feel like I would be missing out on something if I could only download games rather than go buy the physical copy. I really think they should offer boxes similar to Patapon 2. Although this circumvents the digital distribution pricing, it at least lets the consumer be comfortable with idea that things are no longer on physical media.
Haha...yeah, and VHS is on its way back! Digital D can seen as another option for devs to publish their games, not everybody can find a publisher with the budget to do the marketing the game need and reach the right audience nor cover the manufacturing and distribution costs it involves. Via digital distribution you could see developers becoming publishers of their own games, SONY already started doing that in the PSN. I'd say digital it's here to stay as another option and physical media will be around for a while, just like the analog phone, many people use the mobile 90% of the time, Skype, etc but still has the old phone left and pays a bill for it every month, it never lets you down unlike the more "modern" ones What SONY and publishers need to do is to price the Digital games as Digital!! no disc nor manufacturing, warehousing, etc costs involved and still costs as much...price them 12-15 USD/EURO cheaper and you'll see the PSPGo taking off as gamers would really see the REAL advantage of digital vs physical = cheaper!
Good point, i think it's not ready.
Not only are they not doing a download only model, but they are doing what everyone pretends is the future of gaming/tv/film. Remember when HD-DVD died and bluray detractors said "Well so what, Digital Downloads is the future!" So now, you have the option, clearly the GO is priced as a luxury item, as the PS3 was in its launch, and more people are buying them around the world other consoles. Tired Ass arguments = "Buh buh its expensive!" yeah so is the first model of most things. If you cant afford it, you probably aren't in the market for one. But apparently people are in the market for them, outside of your bubble. DD is the present right now, and its going to take companies to actually start pioneering things like PSPGO's to establish how the system w ill work. We will also need standard internet speeds which is a major blow to many unfortunate internet users. Either way, its a good start. People hating on the GO have just found something else to hate about Sony since they can't harp on the PS3's price anymore. Remember, Sony has harvard trained talent to figure out the projected plan of their devices. I'm sure they are aware of the situation and have done research.
Hello(lol get it?) iPhone is a phone 1st and a gaming device 8th. Can't even begin to explain just how flawed your logic is. NO ONE buys an iPhone because it plays games...
"Remember, Sony has harvard trained talent to figure out the projected plan of their devices. I'm sure they are aware of the situation and have done research." http://www.joystiq.com/2009... Riiiight....but anyone with a High School diploma can figure out that NOT requiring games to be put up on the storefront for the PSP Go is a really stupid idea. That's one of the main problems with the Go right now. I have a friend, wants Crisis Core, not available on the PSN Store - is about to sell his PSP Go. I couldv'e sworn Sony was saying something about 200+ games will be ready by launch or whatever. There's nothing wrong with the PSP Go, I wouldn't mind getting one. The fact that there's a possibility that I won't be able to play a game I want on it though is the stupid part.
@Mazinger You have a very strong point 100% agree. I dont know if Sony is doing it on purpose but digital distributed games are more expensive than the respective umd versions. It makes no sense. GTA:CW (PSN) $39.99, amazon $36.99 <--- WTF???? Give me a $29.99 PSN game and I'll be all over it. @Grey Thats true. DD is everybody future but Sony's. Everything Sony does is meant to fail if the haters are to be believed. Funny thing is that before the PSP Go details were leaked, many people were ditching the umd, and how Sony needed to get rid of it.
You DO know that Amazon is what they call a special retailer right? One that constantly sells items under MSRP compared to the standard retailers? Why should PSN prices compete with Amazon when over other major retailer like walmart is selling it for the same price or just a few cents different? On top of that, they really CANT compete with retailers becuase they need them to sell the hardware. It's just like Games on Demand - alot of those $30 titles should be cheaper but thats what retail sells those games at so they gotta do the same.
Weird since it was sold out at the Fry's i go to. Even weirder that a lot of electronic stores had a sale before thanksgiving holiday. Dont forget. Tekken 6 is going to be $39.99 on Black Friday early in the morning!
PSP Go doesn't have direct access to internet. You need to find a Wi-fi spot for the PSP.
@blaze You are totally missing the point. I just tried to explain that savings made when skipping traditional retailers should be passed to the consumer, if the DD is going to be a competitive option. Read Mazzinger post please.
I'm strongly against the PSP Go because I have a vast library of UMD games and Sony seem to have no intention on allowing me to play them on the Go, meaning I shall have to carry around TWO PSPs on journeys, also I think it's a waste of money to get something that limits yourself and costs three quarters of the price of a PS3. I'm all up for digital download on portable systems though, I just don't like it cutting out my old games on essentially a new model of the handheld, this step shouldv'e only been taken with the PSP2.
Sony has completely priced the PSP Go out of the mass market. It is hard to see it doing anything worth talking about until the price drops.
The PSP-GO is not PSP 2 or succesor ;) PSP 2 will have both features ;)
Sorry about that little mistake.
That'd be great if psp 2 had a new disc drive that worked with umds, it seems like all they want to do is make these portables really small though.
Sonys second biggest flop, after the Ps3.
I think they made a big mistake with the digital distribution because i for one and most of the people hear have a lot of umd games and movies and i cant play any of them on the psp go that is the reason i have not bought one i don't like digital distribution i rather have game's on disc ill be wanting for a psp 2 that has two analog stick and plays little blu ray disc
When the next PSPGo is fail article would be posted. Quote: "but the fact of the matter is the PSP has been under-performing for nearly its entire life cycle, and a new coat of paint isn't going to change matters. The PSP is vastly outsold not only by the DS, its main handheld competitor, but by every other console currently on the market with the exception of the PS2". Just another Sony hater.
its funny how the author forgot to mention that the PSP has sold more then 50 million handhelds, some consoles have gone there entier life cycle and havn't been close, it has actually sold roughly half of the DS numbers and is still going strong like someone else here said, the price of the PSPGO is hurting it more then anything else
I don't think it's terrible. Sure it has some kinks in it's idea. IN MY OPINION, UMD's sucked and can die a painful death in the bottom of an ocean.
If you go to Amazon you will see that the people who actually have a PSP go like it, i like mine a lot, and i think the loses are worth it because the 3000 was too big and the UMD noise and long load times ruined the experience for me
As long as physical and digital media is priced the same, digital downloads are going no where. And that goes for anything not just games.
...it would be a great success. As for DD, I now buy all my PSP games from PSN as I have 3 PSPs in my household. Buy once, use many and its all legal! Also get much better load times which for me makes DD more worth while however, DD should be cheaper and available before physical media. Also, if they introduce a trading scheme for DD content then you'd really be talking. Trade in the right to use a game for PSN credits!
Silly Sony could have watched the next 360 flop but had to prove a point to companies.
You may or may not agree with the digital distribution model that Sony is following, but it is the future. Existing PSPs are still being produced so you have the choice of systems. I was initially bummed that Sony didn't provide a method of transferring UMD games to digitial versions, but after thinking about it, it isn't so bad. I would bet money the issue with UMD transfers was legal issues associated with developers and publishers, not Sony. I am now supporting the digital model for the PSP. No hauling around UMDs to play games, better battery life for original PSP models, and better access to lesser known games. Not to mention movie rentals/purchases and MP3s. Look at PC games...they are getting harder and harder to find it stores. Steam is taking off, as is other digital download services. Both digital and physical PC games are priced the same and you don't see people shying away from Steam do you? Why do you need a physical UMD game? So you can trade in a game and get a fraction of what the game is really worth? What else?? Sony needs to lower the price of the PSPgo and the regular model. The price point is the issue. But based on the hardware sales figures, the PSP is by no mean failing.
i didnt like the no umd or usb with go so went str8 out and bought a 3000 , a cheap back catalouge of new sealed games available on amazon suits me fine, and i like to have a booklet and a case too.
Greywulf...."Riiiight.... but anyone with a High School diploma can figure out that NOT requiring games to be put up on the storefront for the PSP Go is a really stupid idea. That's one of the main problems with the Go right now. I have a friend, wants Crisis Core, not available on the PSN Store - is about to sell his PSP Go." Sony has no control on what does/doesn't go up on PSN (unless it is Sony published). The publisher is the one who controls what get put on PSN. This is the main reason Sony is still selling the regular PSP!
and I love it. I gave my old slim model to my son and it works for me. I will agree that the price is high but so is everything the when it first comes out.
you know how many times i have heard those very same words when sony have launched a new hardware ??? countless , too many to count them , CD ?? why do we need CD on consoles? DVD ??? , blu ray ??? too freaging hard to develop for , what was sony thinking??? they have lost it and you all know how everything has turned out , now they are the first video game console manufacturer to bring DD only console with only 6 weeks on the market with a clearly high price tag and people are doom the system already , i cant believe how short sighed , stupid or just plain haters some people are , they are not seeing the big picture here ( PSN being a very very key word here ) , psp have finally received the software support sony should have given the system in the first place , we are seeing all these psn features that simply werent there before ( movie service , ad hoc party ,comic reader , psn friend list and i keep hearing about LBP PSP DLC creator mode) man thats pretty big stuff if you ask me ( psp launch owner here )
I have the Go and love it. Still working on ff7. Real sleek gadget.
It's important for me to be able to buy a physical copy, not pre-owned (as i found some unidentified matter in an instuction booklet once which put me off) but new games in the bargain section, promotions etc and yeah maybe very occasionaly a pre owned game , if it looks really clean.i like to see my collection on the shelf. i despise the download only idea, and am not keen on DLC unless it is done very well like with burnout paradise, but even then i will wait and get the whole package on blueray or game of the year edition etc. so i hope the whole digital distribution only idea fails for as long as possible. when the go was released i read about no umd and no usb and went out and brought a psp 3000 instead...nice bit of kit, and a cheap back catalouge of great games.
The reason the price is so high is because there is no room for the retailer to make any profit from them (e.g games). But to be honest they don't sell anyway. I agree that anything is digitally downloaded can be a retail killer. Its cutting the middle-man out.
God I'm beginning to think that the American journalists are full of faeces keep reporting on the damn war please. Convenient truths are no better lies. Not sure how the PSP Go will set back digital distribution
Digital distribution is only in the favor of the big companies and NOT of us customers. So basically yeah, i hope it vanishes as soon as it has emerged. Kthxbye.
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.