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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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RE: Mixed Reaction
By lexluthermiester on 10/2/2009 3:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, The lack of physical media is going to piss off retailers and gamers alike. I personally boycott anything that is not available in a physical format. For example, I love the Command & Conquer series of RTS PC games, but I will not be purchasing or playing the expansion to Red Alert 3 simply because it can not purchased at a local retailer. I love brick and mortar retail because one can actually look at things and you have someone to interact with in person. The DSi/Wii online games & stuff is simply not going to get my interest. Same with PSP-Go. No physical media, no purchase.

RE: Mixed Reaction
By jconan on 10/3/2009 2:49:36 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe at a different price point for media like Apple does with their iPhone applications will the PSPGo be successful. But the problem is getting enough PSPGos out to the public and having enough developers create quality cheap apps for the PSPGos.

RE: Mixed Reaction
By afkrotch on 10/3/2009 5:20:36 AM , Rating: 2
No one makes cheap apps for the regular PSP, what makes you think the PSP Go will change that? They both support the exact same things, except the regular can use UMDs.

RE: Mixed Reaction
By widcard on 10/3/2009 4:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on this one. I don't care what system it is, If i can't walk in a store and buy a physical copy of the game i want, Then they just lost a sale, I will not support any system that requires the consumer to settle for a down load. Not only that, but what about the people who can't afford an internet connection or don't even have a computer? I'm sure there are a lot of kids that live in rule areas would love to have the PSP Go or kids that live in all kinds of different situations where making them down load their games is not an option. Seems to me your leaving a lot of people out.

RE: Mixed Reaction
By Alexstarfire on 10/3/2009 7:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand your point, but if it doesn't affect you then why does it matter if people in rural areas don't have internet and therefore can't download the games? Seems to me that people in rural areas probably aren't going to be looking into the PSP that much anyway. Course that depends on what you consider rural. I mean, I've got family that really lives in rural country, they are on a farm. I know they wouldn't even look at something like this, it's just not their priority.

Of course they do have this wonderful invention called a satellite. You can get broadband just about anywhere with it, even in rural country. Sure, latency sucks, but for downloads latency doesn't matter.

I agree that having to download games sucks, but it seems far more convenient than having to go to the store. Though not being able to trade games, resell, or have a physical medium for the game really sucks as well. I think for the lack of reselling games should start at like 75% of the normal price, at minimum. I hate being stuck with games I know I'm only going to play once.

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