PSP and PSP Go sales have seen a decline in the past year, so Sony has decided to up the ante to boost hardware sales. The company will now be offering cheap or even free games along with the sale of the device.
Sony Computer Entertainment America is releasing a new line called PSP Favorites, which will contain several popular games for only $9.99. They will include:
- Ape Escape: On the Loose
- Buzz! Master Quiz
- Hot Shots Golf Open Tee
- LocoRoco 2
- Patapon 2
- PixelJunk Monster Deluxe
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo
- Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
- Twisted Metal: Head On
- Justice League Heroes
- Manhunt 2
- Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play
- Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection
- Silent Hill: Origins
- Sims 2
- The Warriors
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Along with the Favorites line, Sony will also add-on to their Greatest Hits for $20 collection, with Gran Turisomo, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance: Retribution and Secret Agent Clank. Sony is also running a huge promotion: any purchase of a PSP Go between June 1 and March 31 of next year will get three free games, LBP, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters and SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. Talk about a deal!
For the people in Europe, Sony apparently does care, as they will be getting ten free titles with a purchase of a PSP Go, starting June 9th for a "limited time!" They are:
- Assassins Creed: Bloodlines
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Gran Turismo
- James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
- MotorStorm Arctic Edge
- Need For Speed Shift
- Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice
- 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
- WipEout Pures
By offering free, first-party games along with the PSP Go, Sony won't lose much money from the sale and will definitely add value and boost sales.
Nintendo is also joining in, by trying to increase sales of their DSi units. They have announced price drops for the UK and Japan. Japan will see the device move to $164 from $207 on June 19 and the DSi XL will limbo down to $197 from $219. Sources have confirmed that the UK will see a very similar price cut around June 18th, with rumors of the cut sailing the seas over to the States shortly thereafter. With Nintendo's new 3DS hitting the market sometime this year, this is a perfect way to give consumers a reason to pickup a DSi now.