Sony is halting production on its PSP Go handheld console, according to reports out of Japan.
A Japanese Sony Shop employee at a store in Shinjuku, Tokyo explained on his blog
that a Sony representative had told his sales manager that the handheld was no long in production (as translated by
The blog post also notes that the Japanese Sony online store no longer allows users to purchase the PSP Go, stating that it is out of stock with no word of whether stock will be replenished.
News site Eurogamer reached out to Sony for confirmation, but Sony refused to confirm or deny the blogger's report, instead stating
, "It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices. Before the end of the year we are launching NGP, our next generation portable device, which we believe will revolutionize portable gaming."
"In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, Essentials range of games and we will continue to meet that demand."
Sony Computer Entertainment has dropped the price of the PSP Go multiple times over the last six months, with a price drop to $199
late last year, and another drop to $149.99
Gamasutra has contacted Sony Computer Entertainment America for further comment.
Business site MCV has now got in contact with a UK retailer, who said that
"once current PSP Go stock is sold we will not be receiving replenishments."]