Sony & The PSP Go, “We Meant To Do That!”
Mimicking Pee Wee Herman’s classic line, Naoya Matsui (head of product planning for Sony) claims that they were planning on having a non-UMD PSP come out BEFORE they even released the first PSP…the only thing holding them back was the lack of a decent digital distribution market.
In an interview with GameBusiness.jp he states:
“We’d planned to release a PSP model without a UMD drive since the very beginning, but if we’d simply released the hardware, there wouldn’t have been much for everyone to enjoy. We wanted to release it when the delivery of digital content was on par with the delivery of physical media. That’s what we’ve been working on these past two years. We’ll be selling the PSP Go alongside the existing PSP models, because it’s a product targeted at those people who are more accustomed to digital content.”
I happen to be a bit more cynical about news like this, I see it as the company trying to save face for yet another failed medium (you kids need to research BetaMax) and as a means of having a convenient excuse as to why the PSP Go won’t have UMD support. They very well could have considered it from the beginning, I just choose to think the former, it’s just more fun to be an ass about things like this.