Analysis: On PSP Go's Launch Numbers, PSP's U.S. Future

Gamasutra looks at PSP Go first-month sales -- estimated at 100-145,000 -- finding "strong reservations" for prospects for the PlayStation Portable system in the U.S., with a slow retail launch for GTA: Chinatown Wars just one symptom.

Since Sony launched the PSP Go handheld on 1 October 2009, industry observers have sought any concrete indication of its sales.

At best Sony has released statements of being pleased with the system's low-key release ("additive to Sony's PlayStation business" and not "at the expense of PSP-3000 sales" according to Sony's John Koller), and the NPD Group rolls all PSP hardware sales up into the single figure that it releases for the system each month. Repeated requests to the NPD Group for more detailed data have been politely declined.

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