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Sony Confirms PSP Go To Be Discontinued

PSP Go the popular handheld gaming device we all love is going to be discontinued by Sony. Speaking to Japanese site Impress Watch, Sony confirmed (opens in new tab) that it is finally set to ditch the two year old console and instead focus on upcoming Next Generation Portable (NGP) devices which are expected to be out later this year.

PSP Go is a cut down version of the original PSP which was launched in 2009 and incidentally is just half the size of the standard PSP device without the UMD disk drive. The reason why Sony has decided to kill its newest console is still not clear while most cite the main reason to be inadequate sales. Even if the company halts the production process for PSP Go, it will continue to offer support, firmware updates, and repairs for already sold devices.

Moreover, the devices that are already in warehouses will remain on sale until they are gone and the decision to halt PSP Go production is in no way going to affect their availability.

Meanwhile, there is some good news too. On one hand Sony is stopping the production of PSP Go but it has also said that it will continue the production of PSP-3000 until the end of this year.

With most models of PSP failing to meet expectations, Sony is shifting its focus on NGP which according to the company will be able to compete with the newly released Nintendo 3DS.

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