I dont get the "experiment" thing...people tend to forget that the fallback excuse that they all make when debuting a new product...remember Reggie and the "ds" is not a replacement for the GBA but a side project comments? The Go's launch is by far the worst launch of a portable system by a major player in history. Even the virtual boy managed to sell over 100,000 in its first week, and no one disputed that as a failure (well I guess now some will defend it as an "experiment" too). I dont understand the "it makes money" argument either, do people think that it just popped out of a workbench somewhere for free, at the rate its going it will take months simply to recoup the development costs. Sony's spin is to save face, nothing more. The one thing it did seem to do in my area at least is seriously boost the sales of the slim...I think some falsely believe the slim is on its way out.
The only way I see a device like the go succeeding is to start a generation that way and to tie the device to features you cant get anywhere else. One thing I see alot of people clamoring for is a psp phone...that I can see taking off, but as it is the go just falls far short and looks like a downgrade to many rather than an upgrade. A psp2 next time around with a collection of unique games and phone features will do much better.
Just commenting on the ds / go comparison mentioned briefly,
When the ds launched how much did it sell? Not too much, so how many out there considered it a flop at the time? A lot more than likely. But in time the ds suddenly took off, but it did take it weeks maybe even months before it started selling like we see it selling now. The point I am trying to get across is you can not judge the go off its first day sales or even its first week. It shows in some games, ala Uncharted or Assassins Creed, that legs mean more than being frontloaded. But give the Go a few months if the sales are the same or lower than you can call it a flop but the sales of the psp as a whole retain its sales that it had gotten this week then I call it a success. Having two sku's is a great thing for the psp, one with UMD the other all digital download. It gets the foot in the door so to speak. Watch nintendo follow in the Go's footsteps this coming E3