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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 Hiawa23 on 10/2/2009 10:16:48 AM , Rating: 2
I really can't compare the Flashgames of IPOD to the PSP's games which are amazing for a handheld.

I have had my PSP1001 since day 1, & I am still blown away by the amount of power Sony squeezed into it.

I owned a DS Lite but dumped it as I just did not like the graphics, or touchscreen, plus I have alot of my DVDs now on PSP, & music, so I totally love it & it's many uses, but noway in H--- could I see buying a 2000 3000 model & noway in h---- would I buy the GO given I have over 30 UMD games, & non transferable, & my original PSP is like new.

I don't know what Sony was thinking with this price or the fact that they would not allow you to transfer your games from disc to digital, although I understand there are licensing issues.

I logged onto the PSN store & why would I upgrade to the Go when my PSP can download the same games, plus I have 40Gbs worth of mem sticks, & since I only carry the games I want play at any time it's no hassle carrying them. I like how they have the PSN store setup so I will probably get some games, but no interest in a PSP with a smaller screen for $249. The PS3 is $299, you can even get an Xbox 360 & Wii for less than what Sony is asking. Had they added more to the graphics chip or added some Fullscene AA I might have been more receptive to the GO, but this is a cash grab for Sony & I am not hatin on em. Hope it does well, but I am fine with PSP1001.


By afkrotch on 10/3/2009 5:42:05 AM , Rating: 2
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but noway in H--- could I see buying a 2000 3000 model


You do know that the 2000 and 3000 are slimmer models of the 1000 and have added features, better screen, battery life, etc. They also support larger sized memory sticks, not being limited to the like 8 GB of the 1000. Was it 8 gig or 4 gig limitation? Well, whatever it was.

Also flaws of the systems were fixed. They moved the speaker locations, so your hand isn't muffling them up anymore. They put in a better D pad. The 1000's D pad is horrid. You couldn't go diagonal with the stupid thing. It annoyed the crap out of me, when playing my 2D fighter games.

My only complaint, is the removal of the power docking connections on the 3000. I can't use my old USB docking station to recharge it. I have to get a new one.


By Hiawa23 on 10/5/2009 2:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
You do know that the 2000 and 3000 are slimmer models of the 1000 and have added features, better screen, battery life, etc. They also support larger sized memory sticks, not being limited to the like 8 GB of the 1000. Was it 8 gig or 4 gig limitation? Well, whatever it was.

come on, I am a gamer, I am aware of the differences & none of them was worth me upgrading my 1000 model to the 2000 or 3000 & certainly not the GO. You made a mistake the 2000 3000 donot support larger mem sticks as I have a 32GB mem stick working fine in my PSP. There is no limitation as my 4 & 8 16 32 GBs sticks work fine.


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