Despite the announcement of the NGP, Sony insists that the Next Generation Portable and the PSP can coexist. True enough, even with a more powerful successor on the way, the PSP is still getting some love from its makers. In fact, SCEE teases that they have "exciting PSP plans" for Europe throughout the year.
Unfortunately, they're not getting into the specifics of these "exciting" plans. Asked whether or not they'll follow what SCEA has done, a spokesperson told CVG that, "We have nothing to say at this time regarding the price of PSP within the SCEE region. PSP has been performing particularly well in Europe so far this year and we look forward to sharing some exciting plans that we have for PSP throughout the year."
Just recently, Sony gave the PSP-3000 a price drop in North America, bringing the handheld's price point down to just US$ 129.99. This new offer is also accompanied by new titles on the discount line. You can get Dissidia: Final Fantasy, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and others for just US$ 19.99 through the Greatest Hits line. For the Favorites selection, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Fire Team Bravo, and a few other titles have been marked down to just US$ 9.99.
SCEE hasn't made any such announcement for their end. It's possible that their plans for their region may intersect with what SCEA has done, and perhaps go further. They did say "throughout the year," so that would probably involve more than just a bunch of price updates in one go. The "exciting plans" will be carried out in preparation for the launch of the NGP, which is expected arrive in at least one territory in 2011.