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Expensive device leaves UMD owners in the dust

Yesterday was the first day that the PSP Go was available for sale at retail. Reaction was mixed, as many potential customers were displeased with the high price.

The new model (PSP-N1000) will sell for a MSRP of $249.99 compared to the $169.99 of the older PSP-3000 model that will continue to be sold indefinitely. It has a smaller 3.8 inch screen, versus the 4.3 inches of the PSP-3000 which uses Sony's proprietary Universal Media Disc (UMD) format. The PSP Go also features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The latest generation of the PlayStation Portable lineup is the first to use digital downloads from the PlayStation Store as the exclusive means to buy a game. Games and demos are downloaded to the console's 16GB internal flash memory either directly, through Sony's software on a PC, or through a PlayStation 3. Additional storage of up to 32GB is available by purchasing a Memory Stick Micro device.

Sony had announced plans for a UMD trade-in program so that PSP owners would be able to use their old games, but nixed that due to "legal and technical issues". Many gamers are thus sticking with their older PSP models instead of upgrading to the PSP Go.

The firm hopes to make the entire PSP software library available at the PSP Store, but so far there are already 225 games available for download. Some retailers are upset that they will not see any revenue from software for the PSP Go, and have decided to boycott it.
The whole point of the PSP Go is to deliver games that are more affordable in a smaller, lighter package that has greater battery life. Sony is targeting gamers who don't yet have a portable console and Nintendo DS Lite owners who are looking for better graphics. Time will tell whether Sony will be successful or not.

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By nafhan on 10/2/2009 9:39:07 AM , Rating: 1
The games on iPhone are getting better with major releases from both indies and traditional publishers, and the 3GS hardware is at least in the same ball park as the PSP. The PSP Go has the advantage with control scheme and game library, right now. Sony needs to run with their advantages while they still can, or else I think they're going to find themselves in third place for mobile gaming.

By nosfed360 on 10/2/2009 9:46:58 AM , Rating: 3
no...just no. The fact that the iphone has basically 1 hardware button will keep it from ever being more than a "ifart machine" player.

Watching virtual water move around as you rotate the device is something patients in a mental hospital do to pass the time, not gamers.
Until you can run Gran Turismo on it, and have it actually playable and fun, take that apple "gaming device" crap out of here.....actually, is there an app to add hardware buttons?

By nafhan on 10/2/2009 10:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that physical controls are needed for situations that require high precision such as racing sims or fighting games. I also think that if Sony isn't careful they're going to find themselves in a niche. There's a lot of "hardcore gamers" out there who play strategy and RPG games, both of which lend themselves well to a touch screen. In the end, it all comes down to the games and whether or not people are buying them. We'll see how it goes.

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