R.I.P. PSP Go, we hardly knew ye

Sony has confirmed with CNET that production has officially ended for the PSP Go, the company's UMD-less portable system that debuted in late 2009. The Go was undeniably sexy, improving upon the traditional PSP's overall design.

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Sony has confirmed with CNET that production has officially ended on the PSP Go, the company's UMD-less portable system that debuted in late 2009. The Go was undeniably sexy, improving upon the traditional PSP's overall design.

Aside from its sleek looks, solid feel, and slide-out screen, the Go never really took off. Perhaps it was the fact that there was no practical solution for previous PSP owners with UMD games. Maybe it was the limited availability of titles on the platform's digital-distribution model. Or perhaps it was the shockingly high $250 launch price tag that turned people off?

Regardless, we're sorry to see it go, but happy to hear that Sony is focusing its time and energy on the NGP, the true successor to the PSP product line. Will the NGP learn from the PSP's missteps? We hope to find out more about the dual-touch-panel behemoth this June at E3 2011.

Still in the market for a PSP? We still wholeheartedly recommend the PSP-3000, though we're expecting to see the NGP on store shelves this holiday season.

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