Until the Next Generation Portable is officially named and launched, the only Sony gaming handheld in town will be of the non-Go variety. That's according to the Japanese blog of a Sony Shop employee or enthusiast who claims production of the PSP Go has been stopped and that his shop won't be receiving any more shipments of the device.
notes that the system was removed from the Sony Store's Japan website
. The listing can still be reached if you know the URL
, though it's out of stock and can't be ordered as there's no indication of when more will arrive. Likewise, MCV
has been told by a retail source in the U.K. "that once current PSP Go stock is sold we will not be receiving replenishments."
The PSP Go was first released in October 2009. It ditched the older systems' UMD format and relied entirely on downloads from the PlayStation Store for its content. It seemed like an attractive idea for some -- that is, until people realized that not every game would be released on PSN at the same time as the UMD version hit stores, if it ever came at all. That left it as a more expensive system unable to play all of the games available for cheaper models, not to mention that its digital games could not be resold or shared with others in the way a UMD could.
Sony has issued a statement regarding claims that the Go has been out of production. "It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices," a Sony spokesperson said. "Before the end of the year we are launching NGP, our next generation portable device, which we believe will revolutionize portable gaming. In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, Essentials range of games and we will continue to meet that demand."That's hardly a firm denial that the Go is being phased out. Given that the system has never really made a significant impact, it's not hard to imagine Sony moving forward exclusively with its cheaper, UMD-based PSP-3000.