Sony announced today, via press release, that the price of the PSP has been dropped in Australia from AU $279 to a mere AU $189.95.
The price drop is effective from today onwards, and on top of the reduced price of the console, several PSP games have received a similar cheaper treatment. The PSP Essentials line of software now starts from just AU $14.95, and contains games such as LocoRoco 2, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice and Mega minis compilation titles coming this April. A couple of games are also receiving the PSP Platinum treatment, retailing for AU $29.95, as God of War: Ghost of Sparta and ModNation Racers are added to the line.
Sony also point out that from 14 April onwards, PSP owners will be able to access the Music Unlimited service from Qriocity, which is a cloud-based music subscription service that allows users to listen to millions of songs from around the world, as well as studying their listening habits and tailoring music channels to their tastes. The service can also be synced between their PSP and their PS3 and PC, as well as other network-enabled Sony devices.
With new titles arriving on the platform like Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, will the price drop encourage any punters still holding off on a PSP purchase to give it a shot? Or will the lure of the forthcoming PSP-successor, codenamed NGP, as well as the launch of the competing Nintendo 3DS keep wallets in check for now? We leave the answers to you to decide.