According to several published news reports, Sony plans to halt production of the PSP Go. The story's origins can be traced back to a blog post by a Sony Shop employee at a store in Shinjuku, Tokyo. According to that employee, a Sony representative told his sales manager that the handheld was no longer in production (as translated by Andriasang). The blog post goes on to say that the Japanese Sony online store will no longer allows users to purchase the PSP Go, marking it as "out of stock."
For its part, Sony is not confirming or denying the story. The company issued the following statement:
"It is a very exciting time for PlayStation portable devices," the company said in a statement to Eurogamer. "Before the end of the year we are launching NGP, our next generation portable device, which we believe will revolutionize portable gaming. In the meantime, the current generation of PSPs continue to be in demand, especially since the introduction of our value for money, Essentials range of games and we will continue to meet that demand."
An unnamed UK retailer has also told MCV that "once current PSP Go stock is sold we will not be receiving replenishments."
We will follow this story as it develops.