GameStop is phasing out the PSP
Well, it looks as if the days of the PSP are numbered, its days occupying GameStop shelves at least, as the retail chain announced earlier this week that it will be removing the PSP and all PSP games and peripherals from 25% of GameStop stores.Why is this being done? GameStop says it's to "maximize merchandising space."
While the PSP wasn't exactly the biggest seller, this move does seem a bit odd to me considering GameStop is still selling games for other "obsolete" systems like the PS2 and GameCube (although it no longer excepts GameCube trade-ins) and those systems have been around for a decade. Hell, the original Xbox stuck around GameStop shelves until about 2009 (thanks Alpha!) and those games weren't exactly flying off the rack either. The Vita has only been available for four months, does that really warrant removing the PSP?
But I guess the PSP merch just isn't moving off the shelves. How long will it take for the other 75% of stores to start removing their PSP inventory? GameStop didn't say but it'll likely be a fairly slow burn, spread out over the next few months or so. Maybe even a full year.
Hopefully the company will host some kind of liquidation event to allow PSP owners to stock up on some of the handheld's hidden gems before its final curtain call.
» Source: http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2012/05/gamestop-pulling-psp/
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Makes sense since the Vita isn't backwards compatible with discs and the PSP had a lot of trouble selling well in the US. The two Gamestop stores where I live basically have all the PSP-related stuff on 1 shelf and made more room for 3DS and Vita stuff.
sweet i must have missed those announcements. lets just hope they come true
I have been noticing this happening for a while in gamestops in my area. In the same month as the vita was released the PSP section was basically hauled to the back of the store and covered up by advertising for xbox games. A sad end for the system.
Damn, This early?
Wow, can't believe they are taking PSP games out of Game Stop. Aren't new PSP titles still being made? This is crazy talk I tell you.
Square said something like they planing to make FF5 and FF6 for 3DS and PSV, if that means anything to you
I approve of this
This is too bad, but a sale on psp games would be great so I can check out some games I may have missed.
glad i got my star ocean games when i did. still wish they would have rereleased FF5 and FF6 on psp like they did with FF4 but oh well
Gotta dip in my savings to get the persona games.
i wonder if there will be a massive price drop on these things, although since it's gamestop i doubt that will happen.
Hopefully there's going to be price drops for PSP, was thinking about buying it to play Fate/Extra when it comes out in Europe.
That seems strange, but I can top that. The store at my local mall sells a few SNES and N64 games...horrible sports games of course. None the less, it's not a very smart decision on their part considering the article Ryan poster a couple days ago that showed that the PSP is doubling Vita's sales in Japan.
Here's a stranger tip, some locations still sell PS1 games. It's true, believe me.
Actually, original Xbox isn't even around anymore, Ryan. They started phasing it out around late 2009...Or maybe it's my area. I'm pretty sure they got rid of Xbox stuff.