Sony has been pushing the PSP heavily this year, but that attention hasn't translated to increased sales of the portable platform. As part of its sagging April-September financial report last week, Sony said that the PSP gave up ground from last year, selling 3 million units to 3.2 million during the same period in 2008. Still, the figure did not include sales of the $250 PSP Go, which was released in North America and Europe on October 1 and Japan on November 1.
Though Sony has yet to indicate how well the PSP Go has performed in the West, stat-tracking firm Enterbrain today attached a figure to the handheld hardware's fourth iteration debut in Japan. As reported by Japanese gaming news site Andria Sang, the PSP Go sold 28,275 units during its first day on sale in Japan. According to Andria Sang, the PSP Go launched alongside a number of retail and downloadable offerings, including Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning, MotorStorm Raging Ice, and Persona 3 Portable.
The PSP Go's opening sales are significantly lower than those of the Nintendo DSi, which launched in Japan during the first week of November 2008. As reported by Enterbrain last year, Nintendo's ¥18,900 ($209) system sold 170,779 units during its first 48 hours on the market. During the week of October 19-25, the PSP-3000 sold 32,865 units in Japan, according to Media Create.
As noted by Andria Sang, Enterbrain reports that the PSP has sold 12,797,180 units in Japan since the handheld's original iteration launched in December 2004. Announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the PSP Go lacks a UMD drive, favoring instead digital media downloaded through the PlayStation Store. The device is also slimmer than the PSP-3000, which Sony continues to sell, and features 16GB of on-board flash memory.Watch the video