Traveller’s Tales Founder Speculates That “PSPgo will Die” Unless Sony Prices Games Cheaper

December 4, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News


Jon Burton, found of developer Traveller’s Tales, says that Sony has to price PSPgo games cheaper or the handheld console will become extinct.

Speaking at the Developer Jury Service Jon believes that Sony cannot expect downloadable games to take over as the new medium of choice if prices remain higher than physical UMD’s.

“I’m betting on Sony making PSPgo games much cheaper than the UMD versions, or the PSPgo will die”

“I own a PSPgo but don’t want to buy LittleBigPlanet, for instance, as I can get it 20 per cent cheaper on UMD from Amazon and could resell it once I’m finished with it. But if I download it, I get no discount, and no chance to resell – how annoying is that?”

I totally agree with his comments, and I think that Sony are effectively shooting themselves in the foot by pricing digital games higher than their physical counterparts. You only have to look at the success of Steam to see that digital downloads work, but it also, like Steam, has to be supported by a cheaper pricing structure in order to be effective. Shouldn’t we be playing less if a disc and physical case doesn’t need to be manufactured and shipped?

Making digital games more expensive will only lead to the demise of a handheld that Sony is supposed to backing as the future of gaming.