In a bid to improve sales of the PSP Go, Sony has announced plans to offer 10 free game downloads. The free downloads are available to all users who registered their PSP after April 1, 2010.

“On PSPGo we’ve decided to innovate with that particular business model,” Sony Computer Entertainment UK sales director Mark Howsen told MCV. “Next month we’re launching a free ten game offer. And this isn’t just older titles–we’ve worked with third parties and there’s some really good core products.”

When the PSP Go was launched, it was expected to do good business. However, with a price tag of US$245, the PSP Go is a hefty premium over the $170 existing PSP. Moreover it isn’t much cheaper than the PlayStation 3 console, which costs $299.

Currently, each game download costs $10–15 and 10 free games means saving at least $100. The list of games that can be downloaded include 2010 FIFA World Cup, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed: Bloodline and LittleBigPlanet.

Source: MCV


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sony-blogger-competition

Sony are holding a competition where the prize, will not only be a chance to blog for Sony but, to also win the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handset. The winner will also receive a PSP GO, Sony Reader Pocket Edition, α330 DSLR Camera and a trip to see the FIFA 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, covering the event.

The contest is open to US residents aged 18+, who also have their own blog. You’ll need to enter by 11:59 PT May 7th. Ten finalists will be selected by three judges, to win an X10, PSP GO, with Fifa 2010 and to blog for ten days beginning May 17th. The judges will then select one winner to take the grand price, of the α330 DSLR Camera, Sony Reader and of course, the trip to the World Cup finals. You can enter the competition here.

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Sony PSP 2000 and PSP Go

Sony’s PlayStation Portable first made it’s entrance to the market five years ago, on the 24th March. It become available in the US then and saw release to other parts of the world shortly after. Since then, the PSP has seen several make overs. The original 1000 series is now referred to as the “phat PSP”, ever since the PSP 2000 series, aka PSP Slim was launched in 2007 making the portable device 33% lighter and thinner. Shortly after, in 2008, we saw the release of the PSP 3000 series, aka “PSP Brite”, which had an LCD screen with five times the color contrast ratio. Sony’s latest PSP offering came in the form of the PSP Go in Fall 2009. The PSP lost it’s UMD drive and instead, titles can be downloaded from the PSN Store. Currently there are more than 520 UMD titles and over 300 titles on the PlayStation Network.

You can view the full press release from Sony after the jump.


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