Retailers: "PSPgo will fail miserably"

Written by Joe Martin

October 7, 2009 // 11:03 a.m.

Tags: #boycott #price #psp #pspgo #retailers-pspgo-will-fail-miserably #sony

The head of the UK's largest independent games retail chain, Chips, reckons that Sony is in for a shock soon and that the PSPgo is going to "fail, miserably".

Speaking to GI.biz, Chips boss Don McCabe said that the PSPgo is doomed to failure, despite Sony's confidence.

"My own personal opinion is that it's a no-go. I've been to a number of presentations to see if there's anything there and I don't feel it'll go anywhere to be honest...I'm 99.9 per cent sure it's going to fail miserably, in which case it's going to put back other potential people coming into that digital space."

This isn't the first time that Chips has taken a stand against the PSPgo, previously saying that it may not stock the handheld due to the high price point and the fact that retailers can't recoup costs on games sales due to the PSPgo's reliance on an online store.

The comments also follow those of ShopTo CEO Igor Cippoletta, who told GI.biz that the PSPgo is off to a slow start sales-wise, probably because retailers can't create bundles to create more sales.

"I heard from someone at Sony saying 'this steps our authority on the digital space and signals our intent,' and actually what I think is that they'll scare the crap out of anyone else who tries to follow," continued McCabe, who thinks comparing the PSPgo's online store to Apple's AppStore is a flawed comparison.

"Everybody looks at Apple and says two billion downloads - well, yeah but out of two billion downloads I'd say maybe 70 per cent of those have been free. And of the ones that they've paid for they'll have paid pennies for...whenever you see anyone producing fantastic figures, just ask them how much they actually made from it."

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