The big man at Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime, was interviewed by The Washington Post where he ‘laid down some smack talk’ about the PSPgo. To be honest, it’s not that bad but he does question the newly launched handheld’s reason for existing. He said “[The PSPgo has a] fundamental concept problem in terms of ‘Who’s it for?’ and ‘What’s the benefit?'” But of course, Fils-Aime has the “utmost respect for all our competitors, but it’s interesting to try and answer the consumer question of ‘What’s in it for me?’ in that product.” And what of those competitors? Personally I think the DS much like the Wii has carved out it’s own market and isn’t really competing with anyone at the moment but naturally, a top dog at Nintendo has a comment all lined up. He referred to the brilliant but flawed Scribblenauts when saying “That’s a fabulous experience that can only be brought to life on the DS” and such an experience wouldn’t/couldn’t be found on the App Store. From what I’ve seen so far on the App Store, I’d have to agree but do think with the amount of dribble on Nintendo’s downloadable service, DSiWare, Fils-Aime should be careful with his quotes.
In regards to his comments on who’s the PSPgo for that’s easy. Sony are not replacing the existing PSP models but selling the newbie alongside it. It’s not aimed at previous owners but for potential consumers looking for a great multimedia experience, therefore the PSPgo’s main competitor is the iPod Touch. If you’re into your epic games with high a production and continuing creditable developers, then PSPgo is for you. What’s the benefit? The things I just mentioned Reggie.