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Sony Slashing PSPgo Pricing

by Jeff Cork on Oct 25, 2010 at 04:21 AM

If you've been on the fence about picking up a PSPgo, Sony's got some news that might nudge you right off of it. The device is getting a price reduction, selling for $199 in the U.S. (from $249) and about $207 in Japan.

The timing seems to be a response to several factors, including the impending release of Nintendo's 3DS, as well as a successor to the PSP line, which is rumored to be out sometime in 2011. Reuters says that Sony has sold 61 million PSPs since the platform launched in 2004. The PSPgo variation has undergone some growing pains since it launched a little over a year ago. The decision to remove UMD support meant that players had to rely on downloadable games, and some retailers, upset at being locked out of the equation, refused to stock the device. There was also the question of price, with the PSPgo system costing more than the current iteration, the PSP 3000, which sells for about $170 without a game.

We'll have to wait and see if the $50 price reduction inspires consumers to pick up PSPgo systems, or if those who haven't done so yet were simply holding out for something entirely different.