Originally Posted by nht
Except that the iphone and ipod touch has taken a big chunk out of the PSP and DS markets. I think that Sony would rather cannibalize PSP sales than let Apple continue to do so.
But I would argue the reason
the iPhone has been taking that chunk is that it's general purpose, morph from thing to thing without app specific hardware (remember, Jobs introduced the iPhone by mocking all those buttons) is a winner with consumers. Or, I should say, the broadest possible range of consumers.
It's poorly selling because there is no compelling reason to replace an existing PSP that could do UMD or has any real compelling features over the 3000 (with UMD drive). A PSP Go that's also an android phone does have compelling advantages over a PSP 3000.
I think that remains to be seen.
It's a PSP Go with the Android market, 3G data connectivity and cell contract. Sony has MMO properties via Sony Online Entertainment. A couple of which are already on the PSP....Smedley must be drooling. It won't be WoW but Everquest was once known as Evercrack. I'm sure SoE would like a chance of being top dog again before Blizzard pounds them into the dust in mobile MMOs.
Eh, not saying it's gonna happen but having more or less 24/7 data connectivity everywhere is something that PSP devs can certainly leverage.
Well, that kind of gets us back to the chicken and egg thing-- is it a PSP Go with an Android phone baked in or an Android phone with a PSP Go app and PSP Go specific hardware?
Yes, ubiquitous connectivity is something a gaming device can use, but no more so than any existing smartphone with decent gaming capability, or the iPhone in particular.
But my theory is that, no matter how you slice it, you're not getting phone/handheld gaming device synergy so much as sort of watering down both. You get a phone that's thicker and heavier with an entire failure prone mechanical mechanism that can only be used for games, and a gaming device with a much higher TCO. I just think we can't underestimate the way people are being trained to appreciate and want the magic blank slate model of device.
It's not that this phone won't be popular with a certain class of buyers, it's that the very thing that makes is desirable for those people makes it a complete non-starter for everyone else. So it's only hope of real success is if everyone was holding off buying a PSP Go because it didn't have phone functionality, which seems pretty unlikely.