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A full view of the new PSP Go, courtesy of a leaked interview with a Sony executive. The device, set to go on sale this fall, will go head to head with Nintendo's DSi and Apple's iPhone in the mobile gaming market. It ditches UMD, is small and lighter, and does not feature a second analog stick as previously rumored.  (Source: DailyTech)
PSP Go to be revealed Tuesday, is smaller, lighter, UMD-less, and Bluetooth-packing

Sony may have been hoping to keep the cat in the bag, so to speak, unveiling the new PSP Go to the public at the company's Tuesday conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009.  However, in the fast and furious world of video game development and journalism, such secrets seldom stay secrets for very long.

Just weeks ago 1up.com led off with leaked news that the new system would feature a sliding screen.  Subsequent reports revealed Sony was likely ditching the UMD format with the new handheld.  Now an (almost) full picture has at last arisen with the leak of Qore (video game news) video onto YouTube.  The video contains dialogue where Qore host Veronica Belmont talks to John Koller, director of hardware marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America about the new device and gets some hands-on time with it.

The video reveals a wealth of official information -- the new screen size is 3.8", down from 4.3".  Sony says its 43 percent light than the PSP 3000, meaning it likely weighs about 3.8 ounces.  It indeed has a slide screen, similar to the Sony Mylo internet phone/mp3 player.

The device comes with 16GB of built-in flash memory, with expansion courtesy of a Memory Stick Micro slot.  The oddball UMD (Universal Media Disc) format, featured in the PSP 3000 and previous models is officially dead.  The new format allows for smaller size and potentially better battery life, but it also means there's no clear solution porting your old PSP games to the new device.

One rumor that didn't pan out is that the device would feature a second analog stick.  It still only features one.  The stick has been moved from the outside right to near the center of the control deck, which some gamers have noted may be problematic, or lead to discomfort.  However, the layout does resemble the PS2/PS3 controller more closely, so some may prefer this layout.  Touch screen controls, another rumored feature, are not mentioned in the leaked video.

The PSP Go features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.  The device is able to connect and tether to Bluetooth 3G cell phones, allowing for potential online gaming or content downloads.  While support for music, video, and photo files on the device are mentioned, a rumored online music store receives no mention.

Perhap most intriguing is that the video reveals some of the early gaming lineup -- PSP versions of Little Big Planet, Jak and Daxter, Gran Turismo, and "a new Metal Gear Solid.  The Jax and Daxter game is likely the already-announced "Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier", while the Gran Turismo game has been in the works for five years, first shown at E3 2004.  Mr. Koller says in the video that Sony is pushing for more "casual" games, likely looking to emulate Nintendo's success with its Wii and DSi platforms.

He says that the new PSP Go will go on sale this Fall, but declines to mention a price.  He does state that the PSP 3000 will continue to be sold concurrently, over the holiday season, happy news for any UMD-lovers that might be out there.

Expect any other details about the device to come at Sony's Tuesday press conference.  To view the leaked video, go here.


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Yikes!
By mikeyD95125 on 5/31/2009 3:05:20 PM , Rating: 5
Another new Sony format? This getting old. I don't undertsnad why they can't just put PSP games on SD or micro SD cards. But I guess we will just deal with another tedious format.

New company slogan: "Sony, inventing stuff just to bug the shit out of people"




RE: Yikes!
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/31/2009 3:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
FYI -- Memory Stick Micro (M2) isn't a new format -- its been out since Feb. 2006. Granted, it hasn't seen much/any use outside the Sony Clie PDAs, though.

However, I do agree, there are pretty much the same issues with the M2 format as with the Memory Stick Duo format, in that it isn't used in many non-Sony devices. I agree SD would be nice, but it appears Sony will likely stick with its memory sticks till the bitter end.

On the other hand, in Sony's defense, history is written by the victor. The memory stick format may be blasted now, but if everyone had flocked to it, it would likely be heralded much like Blu-ray is today (remember Blu-ray, another Sony standard, once received much criticism and today is lauded). Not saying that the merits of the two compare at all, but it is something worthwhile to consider.

You should be happy, at least, that Sony is ditching UMD -- that's one obscure format down! ;)

Overall this thing looks pretty cool -- I'd like to get some hands-on time with one.


RE: Yikes!
By quiksilvr on 5/31/2009 3:51:29 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be too sure about that. The PS3 did originally have Memory Stick, SD and CF. Now I can totally see Sony putting Memory Stick format on here, but they could also stick in a microSD into it as well.

My only gripe is that they cut down the screen size. 4.3" was pretty good, I was actually hoping they would use the Archos screen in the next PSP (4.5", 850x480).


RE: Yikes!
By BansheeX on 5/31/2009 7:30:20 PM , Rating: 5
Bigger isn't always better, especially when we're talking about a portable gaming device. The current pixel density is already beyond optimal and 3.8" with the buttons beneath a retractable screen is going to be much more pocket friendly. 850x480 is absurdly dense for 4.5". You wouldn't see much of a difference and it would require twice as much horsepower to get the same fps current games get. That's got development cost and battery life implications. Also, 480x270 is exactly 1/4 1080p resolution, so you can scale it at a perfect integer (4.0x) to fill a larger screen without incurring blending artifacts. 480x270 or close to it was a natural choice for a portable gaming standard, and Sony should be commended for that choice.


RE: Yikes!
By Circle T on 5/31/2009 8:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
It is 1/16 the size, not 1/4. It is 1/4 the resolution of 1080p in BOTH directions. So, it's 1/4 x 1/4. But, I get what you were going for, and I agree.

Too high a resolution in a small handheld is really wasted. The current resolution is fine, and making the screen just that tiny bit smaller will make it that much crisper. I can't say I have a want or need for a PSP, but this looks pretty nice really.


RE: Yikes!
By Alexstarfire on 5/31/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yikes!
By SavagePotato on 5/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yikes!
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 12:55:56 AM , Rating: 5
Which is why I didn't talk about it. It was only very recently that Blu-Ray got all the features that HD-DVD started out with. Only thing Blu-ray has bested HD-DVD on at all was space.

But you could try sticking to the PSP topic next time too.


RE: Yikes!
By afkrotch on 6/1/2009 10:15:29 AM , Rating: 2
Playing mp3s or videos doesn't require much, but having to access big game files is another story.


RE: Yikes!
By BansheeX on 5/31/2009 8:06:04 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
I agree SD would be nice, but it appears Sony will likely stick with its memory sticks till the bitter end.


And why not? Nintendo uses proprietary cartridges for every one of their portable systems and they sell far cheapier hardware for a far higher markup. Sony, on the other hand, delivers the most cutting edge hardware it can even if it's at a loss initially, so that a successor only comes out every 7 years instead of 4. And then when they try to make some money on memory sticks, people cry bloody murder? That makes no sense.


RE: Yikes!
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 1:03:42 AM , Rating: 2
Because in the end Nintendo's stuff is still cheaper? To consumers it's mostly about the bottom line, not what the manufacturing costs and such are. We could really care less about that stuff as it doesn't mean jack to the consumers.


RE: Yikes!
By BansheeX on 6/1/09, Rating: 0
RE: Yikes!
By someguy123 on 6/1/2009 4:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
that doesn't really refute the above posters point...because nintendo has sold 100m DS units. It's true that sony can't compete with nintendo in that market, but the average consumer cares more about perceived value rather than actual value.


RE: Yikes!
By adiposity on 6/1/2009 12:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
The perceived value of the PSP is obviously higher, though. Otherwise, how would they sell so many even though it costs significantly more? Granted, they didn't sell as many as the DS, but clearly a third of the market sees it as worth more, and are willing to pay it. Some unknown percentage sees it as worth more, but isn't willing to pay.

Even if the perceived value of the DS is lower, in the end if you can't afford a PSP, you will buy the DS. That's why perceived value is less significant than the bottom line.

Even if a DS is only a third as good as a PSP, if you can't spend over $150, the PSP isn't even an option. And for now, the DSi isn't, either.

-Dan


RE: Yikes!
By BansheeX on 6/2/2009 11:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
My point is simply that a large part of the market sees value in what the PSP offers over the DS. It doesn't have to be majority marketshare to be considered a success. Going from 0% to 33% is a success while Nintendo has gone from 99% to 60%.

If a more capable DS had been offered early on to meet those demands, Sony would have never entered the market, let alone acquired 33% market share.


RE: Yikes!
By Trikat on 5/31/2009 3:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
"The device comes with 16GB of built-in flash memory, with expansion courtesy of a Memory Stick Micro slot."

Not a completely new thing, but it's all about making money and having control over their products.


RE: Yikes!
By zaki on 5/31/2009 5:47:28 PM , Rating: 1
memory stick is not a new format dumbass!!

haha no really its been around, although your cookie cutter argument doesnt apply, you can argue that the memory stick format and all of its derivatives are in themselves not very user friendly..


RE: Yikes!
By PrinceGaz on 5/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yikes!
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 1:01:34 AM , Rating: 2
Calling UMD universal, although that was its intention, is pretty stupid. Might as well say CDs and DVDs are universal, especially now, since every device that supports them can read them. Wasn't always the case, but it is now. The fact that no one else supports it specifically indicates that it's not universal at all.

And as for UMD being smaller than CDs I suggest you look at mini-CDs and mini-DVDs, they are the exact same size. And I'm pretty sure mini-DVDs could hold more. But since I never used either of them I can't say for certain.


RE: Yikes!
By Silver2k7 on 6/1/2009 7:27:01 AM , Rating: 2
Im pretty sure that 60mm and 80mm is part of the cd/dvd standard.. that said I think ive only seen the 80mm discs.

is 60mm cd-r, dvd-r, bd-r even avalible for purchase ?


RE: Yikes!
By Belard on 5/31/2009 10:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sony M2 (memory stick) have been around for years and are used in SONY cameras, PDAs, Cell Phones and of course the new PSP.

There are adapters which are handy. I bought a 4gb M2 with an an adapter and used it in a Sony CamCorder.

But as someone else has posted... SD/MMCs are a lot cheaper (I use those in my cameras) so in that sense, I don't like the Sony Memory Sticks. Oh well.


blah
By IlllI on 5/31/2009 7:34:37 PM , Rating: 1
this thing has fail written all over it.

they COULD have taken this opportunity to address one main complaint: a second analog stick, but they didnt.

also, with the placement of those controls way down at the bottom, i foresee massive hand cramps in a lot of people's future




RE: blah
By BansheeX on 5/31/2009 7:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
Right, let's alienate the entire existing PSP base by releasing games for the PSP Go's two-stick controls that are completely incompatible with old PSPs. Not happening.


RE: blah
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 1:18:52 AM , Rating: 1
Why not they already alienate just about everyone who uses Sony products. We already forced to buy Sony memory sticks. And the vastly different revisions of the PS3 doesn't help anyone but Sony. Ohhh and the different Blu-Ray versions they had. Are they on revision 3 now? The first Blu-Ray players, unless you include the PS3 in there, can't even watch new Blu-Ray releases. Bet those people were thrilled about the new revisions to Blu-Ray.


RE: blah
By BansheeX on 6/1/2009 3:40:28 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Why not they already alienate just about everyone who uses Sony products. We already forced to buy Sony memory sticks.


Right, just like you're forced to buy DS media for DS hardware and 360 media for 360 hardware. It's so draconian over here in Sony land, damn Sony with their memory sticks plotting to take over the world.

quote:
And the vastly different revisions of the PS3 doesn't help anyone but Sony.


Huh? Sony has been issuing revisions on hardware since the PS1 days. It cuts costs and allows them to lower the price throughout the product cycle. It also makes the hardware more reliable, quieter, and less energy hungry. How does that only benefit them?

quote:
The first Blu-Ray players, unless you include the PS3 in there, can't even watch new Blu-Ray releases.


Go back to your Nintendo forum, troll, you have NO idea what you're talking about. The revisions added obscure crap like PiP for bonus content. One of the revisions was purely a hardware revision to necessitate an ethernet connection. At no point did a revision prevent the feature film from playing on old players, you're talking out of your behind.


RE: blah
By themaster08 on 6/1/2009 6:41:16 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
just like you're forced to buy DS media for DS hardware and 360 media for 360 hardware.

I think you missed the bigger picture.
quote:
they already alienate just about everyone who uses Sony products .

Sony use their own proprietry formats in all of their products, not just consoles.

It's acceptable for a console to have it's own proprietary format, because you're hardly going to put a PS3 game in a 360 are you? But pushing their own proprietary formats onto their users in all of their products, with no alternative slots is hardly beneficial to the consumer.

Furthermore, the 360 and the Wii both use DVD's, hardly proprietary.


RE: blah
By BansheeX on 6/2/2009 12:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sony use their own proprietry formats in all of their products, not just consoles.


Such as...? Isn't everything essentially a proprietary idea competing for marketshare? What difference does it make if Sony is capable of manufacturing its own storage cards to avoid SanDisk licensing fees? Would you not buy a Sony camera or PSP because of it, what else do you own that you plan on putting that memory stick in?

Now, if this were a movie storage format, doesn't it become obvious that each content maker would want to adopt a common standard, since few would buy a player that only worked with some movies?

quote:
It's acceptable for a console to have it's own proprietary format, because you're hardly going to put a PS3 game in a 360 are you?


But they're proprietary platforms using proprietary hardware configurations. According to you, this is evil and the market shouldn't have bought into any of them until MS, Sony, and Nintendo all agreed to create a single unit on which all games could be played.

This is why life was good when it was only Sony and Nintendo. The only thing the xbox accomplished is to split the HD games market so that we now have to buy two consoles to access all games, given all the exclusivity deals arising from it.


RE: blah
By themaster08 on 6/2/2009 6:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Isn't everything essentially a proprietary idea competing for marketshare?

Well, I guess in a sense, but I can use my MicroSD card in almost any brand of digital camera, mobile phone, games console, GPS reciever, etc. Whereas with a Memory Stick I'm limited to just Sony branded products, therefore not only proprietary, but a proprietary lock-in.

quote:
What difference does it make if Sony is capable of manufacturing its own storage cards to avoid SanDisk licensing fees?

Difference being SanDisk and other Memory Stick manufacturers pay Sony's licensing fees instead.

quote:
Would you not buy a Sony camera or PSP because of it, what else do you own that you plan on putting that memory stick in?

No, I'm not saying I wouldn't buy one because of it, it just makes things less convenient.

What if I was to purchase another camera which was not Sony, but wanted to keep my memory card? What if I wanted to put that same memory card into my satellite reciever which only supports MicroSD? Or perhaps another mobile phone which is not a Sony Ericsson?

quote:
But they're proprietary platforms using proprietary hardware configurations. According to you, this is evil

According to me:-
quote:
It's acceptable for a console to have it's own proprietary format, because you're hardly going to put a PS3 game in a 360 are you?

I never said this is evil, I said it's inconvenient.

Yes games consoles are proprietary platforms, if they weren't they would just be 3 versions of the same console, so that'd be pretty pointless wouldn't it?

It's harly reasonable to compare proprietary gaming platforms with proprietary storage medium. They're completely different.

Sony could quite easily support MicroSD in their products and even manufacture MicroSD cards.


So,
By AntiV6 on 5/31/2009 3:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
How do you buy games for this thing? Are all games on the Micro MS slot, or do you just download them off the internet?




RE: So,
By jadeskye on 5/31/2009 4:09:51 PM , Rating: 5
well it's not that much of a change from the last PSP then is it? a large percentage of PSP owners got their games from the internet :p


By jconan on 5/31/2009 7:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
I hope they use OLED in the new one compared to the last PSP revision where the screen had some lines showing in the display... LED backlighting would also help cut down on the battery power consumption if they decide to go that route.




By BansheeX on 5/31/2009 7:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
OLED is different from LED backlighting. OLED is a self-illuminating technology that is way too expensive to make at the moment. LED backlighting is for LCD screens and it doesn't have anything to do with the line issue, which was a panel issue.


By BansheeX on 6/1/2009 1:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
That display is 3", 18-bit color, and is on a much less powerful device that costs $100 more. A PSP model will eventually use OLED, but it's just too costly at the moment.


By Amiga128 on 6/1/2009 6:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sony could do both.

A cheaper version that does not use OLED and a more expensive version that does. They both will use the same resolution.


I love it!!!!
By Hiawa23 on 5/31/2009 9:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
I got the PSP 1001 & there was no reason to buy the 2000 or 3000, but I am getting the GO to go along with my original. Sony had to get away from the battery hogging, slow loading umds. I hear many complaining but if you have a PSP, & want the GO & you are like me & have like 20 plus games then don't dump your current model, simple as that. Sony says the Go will be sold along with the 3000 retail so you have options.




RE: I love it!!!!
By pwnsweet on 5/31/2009 11:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm willing to bet that the reason both will be sold alongside each other is because the Go! will cost more.


RE: I love it!!!!
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 1:21:11 AM , Rating: 2
While that was much needed, it seems very silly for Sony to say this is the same PSP. It looks nothing like the original and doesn't have the same hardware either. No UMD discs makes it a brand new device, not the same old PSP. At least all the DS revisions are still compatible with each other, mostly. Don't think most DSi specific games will work on the old ones, and even if they do it won't be very well. Of course I don't see many DSi specific games being made anyway. That's just be stupid for developers.


Clamshell
By PrinceGaz on 5/31/2009 6:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't a clamshell design be better? You know, like protect the screen and all the other sensitive stuff from knocks or scrapes whilst being carried? Portable games consoles do tend to get knocked about a bit, and I'd personally feel a lot happier with one where I was carrying around a device with a solid case on all the outside area, rather than a screen on one half of it when closed.




RE: Clamshell
By BansheeX on 5/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: Clamshell
By Alexstarfire on 6/1/2009 1:15:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the screens on the DS don't even touch when they are closed since they are actually a bit inside each side of the DS. So no downward pressure on the screens from closing it.

Though this is only my personal experience after over a year of having the DS the screens still look the same to me. Bottom one takes the most wear too since you actually have to touch it for most games. That one seems to be slightly less sensitive before, which isn't surprising though. I've seem some used DSs where the bottom screen is damn near unusable for its touchscreen capabilities. People who press on it overly hard really screw it up.


RE: Clamshell
By BansheeX on 6/1/2009 3:43:34 AM , Rating: 2
Was I talking about the DS screens? No. I specifically said the hinges are at risk. I know a guy who works at a repair shop, he gets tons of DS's with busted hinges.


Specs?
By DrLudvig on 5/31/2009 4:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'm more interested in some specs, does anyone know what kind of cpu will be in this thing? Or well, does anyone know any specs whatsoever?
What about resolution? it cant be much on that little display..




RE: Specs?
By aegisofrime on 6/1/2009 1:04:12 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they at least do a die shrink on the CPU and GPU on this one. If I remember correctly, the CPU on the PSP-1000 was made on a 130nm process...


As if..
By Alexstarfire on 5/31/09, Rating: 0
RE: As if..
By FaceMaster on 5/31/09, Rating: -1
RE: As if..
By nixoofta on 5/31/2009 7:32:10 PM , Rating: 2
On the other hand,...a li'l saran wrap and some astro glide and these'll slip by prison gaurds two at a time.

:P


RE: As if..
By nixoofta on 5/31/2009 7:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
oots,...I meant gourd,...umh,yeah,.. prison gourds.

"Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid!"

:P


PSP and PSP Go Interaction
By wempa on 5/31/2009 9:30:06 PM , Rating: 2
So, is this a completely new platform that is incompatible with the existing PSP ? I don't see anything mentioned about it, but I have to assume that given that it doesn't use UMD. Can somebody clarify this ?




ergonomics
By extreoxy on 5/31/2009 10:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
By the looks of those pictures they still havn't fixed one of the biggest problems with the psp, its ergonomics. This thing gonna hurt the hands on some games after 10 mins, it needs to really look like their controllers, with prones coming out the bottom, so your hands have something to grip.




UMD = dead
By pwnsweet on 5/31/2009 11:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The oddball UMD (Universal Media Disc) format, featured in the PSP 3000 and previous models is officially dead.


That's so unfair. I had a bet going with a mate that Sony would never be smart enough to realise that UMD was a money sink and abandon the format. Guess I lost...oh well, I'm still winning the bet on Memory Stick :)




Yikes
By dondino on 6/1/2009 2:56:03 AM , Rating: 2
This is going to be a retail nightmare for folks who don't know better. They'll pick up Little Timmah 5 games to go with his PSP for his bday only to find out later they don't work with THAT PSP but the OTHER PSP. If they were dropping UMD, they should have changed the name to something more differentiating to avoid confusion.




How much does it cost?
By MrPoletski on 6/1/2009 9:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
The price will make or break this...

averaging £130 ish for the PSP 3000 on a google search. It will have to be cheaper than this, for £200 you will be able to get the pandora which is FAR more capable than this.

http://openpandora.org




Forget the memory sticks
By omgwtf8888 on 6/1/2009 2:38:28 PM , Rating: 2
What really bothers me is if i buy this, i am going to get another damn charger to plug in. If companies wanna go green and build standards why in god's name can't they make a standard charger. Even if they put an SD/miniSD/microSD into this thing I still wouldn't use the one from phone or camera in it. Each of the the five of us in my family have different celphones (different chargers), then there are the nintendo DS and DSi's, then several cameras, and Camcorders, and the tools, and AHHHHHH! plugs... too many plugs.....




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