It’s not too shocking to see one company discuss its competitor in an unhealthy light, so it doesn’t come too much of a surprise to see Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, discussing the PSPgo has a handheld that carries very little benefit to the consumer. In a recent discussion with the Washington Post, Fils-Aime touched base on the PSPgo and discussed one of the fundamental issues plaguing the handheld from day one and that is, “What’s the benefit?”
“I have the utmost respect for all our competitors,” he told the Washington Post. “But it’s interesting to try and answer the consumer question of ‘what’s in it for me?’ in that product. The device has a fundamental concept problem in terms of ‘who it’s for’ and ‘what’s the benefit?’”
Considering how well PSP sales have been going since the release of the Go, it’s kind of interesting to see Fils-Aime question exactly how it benefits the consumer in general. Not only does the PSPgo allow the user the comfort and portability of carrying around the device without the need of any UMDs, but it also provides 16GBs of internal flash memory that can house music, movies, photos, games, and more.
Since Nintendo released an updated version of the DS which included a below average camera and costs significantly more than its predecessor, can we question as to whether or not a previous owner has any true benefits of upgrading from the standard DS? While I agree the Nintendo DS is a money factory and one hell of a handheld (I own one), any consumer in regards to any product can always ask, “How does this benefit me?”