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Sony to offer 10 free games to PSPgo users

Wed 26 May 2010 4:27pm GMT / 12:27pm EDT / 9:27am PDT
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Sony has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that it is offering a total of ten free games to new PSPgo users who register their system online after April 1.

The deal includes Sony games Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm Arctic Edge, Wipeout Pure and Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice. Third party titles included in the deal are EA's FIFA 2010 World Cup and Need for Speed Shift, Rockstar's Gran Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines and Avatar.

The promotion is an extension of previous PSPgo deals that saw Gran Turismo offered free to early adopters and three free games for those original PSP users who upgraded to the digital-only PSPgo.

Sony has never revealed specific hardware sales numbers for the PSPgo, stating only that it was in-line with expectations at launch. The hardware retails for around 200 in the UK.

12 Comments

Tulay Tetiker Head of QA - BioWare Edmonton & Montreal, EA BioWare

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April 1? Should probably read June 1?

Posted:4 years ago

#1

Private Industry

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Just a try to get more sales. Not sure how many PSPgo`s are sold in Europe per month, but for sure the Japanese sales are horrible with around 800 or so sold per week while the PS2 still has around three times more sold units per week. Barely used my PSPgo as the amount of games available and pricing was just not very attractive especially for older titles.

Posted:4 years ago

#2

Lucas Seuren Copy Editor, Only Network

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This is a bit strange. What Sony does is try to get more sales, but only by rewarding new costumers. So short after the launch loyal costumers might feel a bit screwed, because they got a lot less. Basically, Sony is saying that it's better to wait and then buy their products a couple of months later.

Anyway, 10 free games still won't even make me consider buying one. Tested it once before the launch and I really didn't like it. Too small, buttons in the wrong places. It gave me a lot of cramps withing half an hour of playing. It's just not a good handheld, add to that the lack of physical games (everything is downloadable) and you'll never get it to sell voor GBP 200.

Posted:4 years ago

#3

Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor

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Seems a bit late in the day for Sony to be doing this kind of thing with the PSPGo. Wouldn't have thought that it was worth their time "investing" in the dead horse....

Posted:4 years ago

#4

Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Somewhat desparate, and too little too late in my opinion.

Posted:4 years ago

#5

John Bye Senior Game Designer, Future Games of London

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Sony often have special deals like this, not just for new users but also existing ones. I got three free games when I bought my PSPgo just after launch, then a couple of months later I got two more free games. They also have several free comics you can download to sample the Digital Comics service.

I was lucky enough to get my PSPgo for 150 thanks to a pricing error on Play.com, and at that price it's a fantastic piece of kit. It's the first truly pocket-sized handheld console in years, the slide-out format works well, it comes with plenty of storage space built-in as standard, and there's a great range of games available for it.

Sure, a lot of old PSP games aren't on the PSN store yet, including a few I'd quite like to play, but there's still a good selection, and the older titles in particular (as well as a lot of the new first party titles like Little Big Planet and Mod Nation Racers) are often at very reasonable prices compared to their retail pricing. There's also a fair number of PS1 titles including classics like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid available for under a tenner, and if you're into comics then the Digital Comics reader has a vast selection of classic and new titles from the likes of Marvel and 2000AD.

It's just a shame Sony set the RRP so high, because at 200+ it's much harder to justify buying a PSPgo, especially if you already have a big library of PSP games on UMD as there's no way to transfer them across - arguably Sony's biggest failure, as it discourages existing PSP owners from migrating to the new version.

Posted:4 years ago

#6

Ean Miller Studying Journalism, University of Oklahoma

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Another way Sony is trying to put life into a failed system. They should accept the PSPgo as a failure and just move on. But, will this deal apply to the NA market or is this another worldwide promotion that NA gets left in cold?

Posted:4 years ago

#7

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I agree that the PSPgo is already a lost cause, and Sony should probably consider it a lesson learned and move on. Hopefully the experience will come in useful for their inevitable PSP2, and that they also take a few leaves out of Nintendo and Apple's books.

However, for those who are still on the fence about getting a PSPgo, this is a pretty good deal. The system's not for me personally, but you can't really sniff at 10 free games.

Posted:4 years ago

#8

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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May if since the begining the price was lower... and with more interesting offers. Its is fun to play classic games like MK2 on a handheld machines, but you just can't live from the past all the time.

Posted:4 years ago

#9

Russ Greeno Reviewer

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I have only recently purchased a PSPgo - how does one go about aquiring these free games? Are they just free in the PSN store now for a recently registered system?

Posted:4 years ago

#10

Doug Abramson Programmer (C/C++/Embedded Linux)

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i am not a fan of digital-only media distribution. one of my students had his PSPgo damaged and now all of the data is gone. what a pathetic joke.

Posted:4 years ago

#11

Private Industry

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@ Russ:

Looks like to all who register the system after April 1, you can register the system if you go to the playstation site and log in with your PSN profile there and under "My Account" you can register PS systems.


Aliraza:
Data gone in regards to save games yes, but the games are not really gone. When signing in with the PSN ID (i.e. on a new/replacement PSP) all games downloaded can be re-downloaded for free. I think that can be done for 3-5 different systems.

Posted:4 years ago

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