GameStop is phasing out the PSP

Posted on May 13, 2012 - 8:40am by Ryan Conway

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. 

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