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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 daveloft on 10/4/2009 2:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
That's what they said when the UMD model was first introduced, but it sold 50mil didn't it? UMD was reviled and criticized, yet flash was simply too expensive then for PSP-size games. This is a new chapter that had to happen. UMD is NOT the future and you are not going to be able to carry UMD games over to the PSP2 any more than the PSPGo, so whether you complain now or later is immaterial to Sony. They want to get the ball rolling.

If you were looking to buy your first PSP today, you would be a complete moron not to get this model. It's more portable and UMD, being a mechanical form of storage, eats battery like a mofo. A media-less PSP had to be released as soon as it was economical.

If you OWN a UMD model already, you have no reason to buy the Go. We get it. Sony gets it, too. You are not the market right now. You can still play your UMD games and buy a stick to play download-only games. You have access to all games that Go buyers have access to. Sony doesn't expect you to rebuy the system and all your games, they expect you to keep using the UMD model and get a flash stick.4

This is one of the few intelligent posts I've read on this entire blog, I totally agree with you.

I think Sony is positioning this to compete with the iPod Touch which sells for $199.99 w\ 8GB and $299 w\ 32GB. $249.99 for a 16GB PSP seems about right with that frame of reference.

I'm all for digital downloads and I believe it to be the future of gaming. I commend Sony for making the leap and bringing the first digital download only console to the market. I think this shows how worried they are of the iPod Touch media player from taking a big chunk of the portable gaming market.

By mitchger on 10/7/2009 9:07:02 AM , Rating: 2

I have never read such bulls**t comments in my life. What a bunch of complete and utter morons.

Keep your PSP 1000-3000 - couldn't be happier for you and the fact that you enjoy them. Nobody is suggesting you may be forced to buy this [GO] product. It IS however the way of the future, well done to Sony, and YES I would most definitely choose the GO over the 3000 as the most convenient and practical solution/option of the two.

iPhone obsessed people also amuse me.

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