This is the new PSP Go
While Sony has to confirm the news, you can bet your marbles that the PSP Go is real and it’s coming. SOON! Information on the non-UMD PSP model leaked just a few days before the Sony Press Conference at E3. What information you ask? Pictures of the PSP GO. that’s what 😀
This is the new PSP Go. Wonder how it’ll play? Don’t worry. We’ll get our hands on it soon. E3 is just a few days away right?
Here’s a comparison of the PSP Go vs PSP Phat. Sure the screen is smaller but not by a lot. The differences in the layout is quite remarkable though. The original PSP buttons are gone (display, sound, volume) but the new interface is actually much more appealling.
The only issues that I see with the new PSP hardware is the proximity of the back of the screen to the shoulder buttons. If you’re too close, you’ll end up rubbing your fingers against it making gameplay irritable. Then there’s the size. From experience, past PSP models are admittedly bulky, not because of their weight but because of their width. Because of the orientation of the controls (on both sides of the PSP), your hands tend to hold the unit there making the bulk issue. The PSP Go has it’s controls at the bottom of the unit, making it feel much more like holding a controller but it’s still a matter of personal preference.
I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one of these and test it out. If they come out before I get my hands on my next PSP purchase, I’ll no doubt get one pronto. If not for the curves of the hardware, then it’s the 16 GB onboard memory. Yes, the PSP Go uses onboard memory AND it has a slot for your Sony Memory Stick. Now you can’t complain that you LACK storage 😀
Aside from Wifi, the PSP Go also carries bluetooth connectivity. This replaces the IR from the Phat series and adds an additional networking capability that was lacking in the Slim and Brite.
For those interested in comparisons, here’s how the PSP Go compares to the PSP Phat.
And here’s the requisite PSP Go vs Nintendo DSi comparison.
The question on current PSP gamers’ minds is probably the one concerned about porting their CURRENT UMDs to the PSP Go. My guess is Sony will provide digital version downloads for us via the PSN instead of a converter. It’s much more efficient and user friendly but the trade off is bandwidth. Luckily, the PSN is free 😀
And before you it enters your mind. NO, the PSP Go is definitely not CFW-able. At least not yet.
PSP Go Technical features
- 3.8-inch LCD screen
- Sliding control pad
- 16GB internal flash storage
- built-in Wi-Fi
- M2 Memory Stick Micro port
- No second analog joystick
- No UMD drive
- Available in black and white models.
Software Features Overhaul
- Game sleep function: You will be able to operate the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) while suspending the gameplay temporarily.
- Bluetooth function: This is going to let you use your favourite wireless head phones to listen to music, play games and watch videos
- SensMe application will allow you to playback music based on moods
- Clock and calendar application: We have included a clock and calendar application which can be viewed both when the sliding panel is open and closed
Yes, you read that right. It’s SensMe not Sense Me. What is it? SensMe is a new music application made specifically for the PSP, allowing you enjoy your favorite music via a rich UI. It also offers music recommendations via SensMe channels, a mood based music recommendation system that categorizes music content into channels such as “Relax,” “Dance” and “Upbeat,” and recommends music playlists for users.
SensMe channels also supports PSP-1000/2000/3000.
- 50% smaller than the original PSP
- 40% lighter than the original PSP
- Battery for the the PSP Go is scaled down so you get 3 to 6 hours of operating time
Game and media distribution
- The PSP Go will still connect to your PC via USB
- All upcoming PSP titles will be available in digital and UMD format.
- The PSN will offer TV shows and movies for download, free and paid.
- Media Go be bundled with the PSP Go.
Media Go is the replacement for the Media Manager. It’s an easy to use application for the PC that makes it simple for you to browse PlayStation Store, as well as organise and store all your PS Store related downloads (games, demos, music, etc). Think of it as an iTunes for the PSP.
The Media Go will be compatible for the PSP Go, PSP-1000,PSP-2000, and PSP-3000.
Availability and pricing
- The PSP Go will be available for US $249 and 249 euros
- Launch date: October 1st in Europe and North America. November 1st in Japan
- PSP toolkits will be reduced 80% in price for developers
UPDATE: Eurogamer confirms that it’ll be out by fall this year but no word on pricing.Tags: Playstation Portable, PSP Go