Sony's updated handheld console, the PSPgo, is due to arrive in stores on Thursday next week - but it looks like you won't be able to purchase it at one of Australia's biggest gaming chains, EB Games.
According to Kotaku Australia, after speaking to many EB stores in the Sydney area, none could be found that had the PSPgo available in the company's database. It's not on the company's website, either. Further enquires to EB's head office in Australia were met with a 'no comment'. Sony did comment on the matter, though, but didn't specify whether or not the rumour is true.
"Many retailers will choose to range both PSP models side-by-side, as we continue to offer expanded choice for the consumer for the handheld device platform," said a Sony spokesperson. "As with any new product, there will be continued discussions with retail partners to continue to expand reach over time in line with growth of the entire PSP platform."
If this is confirmed to be true, EB wouldn't be the first retailer to refuse to stock the PSPgo - leading Dutch retailer Nedgame is also refusing to stock the PSPgo, citing the lack of a UMD drive (and hence potential software sales) as the primary cause. Sony has put a large mark-up on the PSPgo for that specific reason, but apparently it's not enough for all retailers.
GAME and JB Hi-Fi have both been confirmed to be stocking the console. We'll have some more concrete news on the situation as it becomes available.