Hard To Resist Flinging The PSPgo, For A Good Reason

I wielded a PSPGo again yesterday and, I must confess, only will power, professionalism, and the fear of the Pottery Barn rule) kept me from tossing the machine in the air.

If I did toss the PSPgo, I would not have tossed it in anger. I have nothing against the system, even though Sony does have two linked complications with the device the company still needs to address.

No, if I tossed the PSPgo it would be out of delight, because this system is so disarmingly light. We've estimated that it weighs under 4 ounces. A new iPhone weighs just under 5.

Yesterday, holding the Go in one hand and a new Apple phone in the other, I had trouble telling the difference (because I'm super-strong, of course). More importantly, the PSPgo has the weight of something I want to fling or fiddle with: like the three-inch-tall wooden Pac-Man ghost on my desk or my computer mouse or a normal deck of cards, which, Wikipedia informs me, weighs 3.3 ounces. Earlier PSPs weighed just under 10 and then seven ounces. The new Sony portable felt solidly made, even when flipped open, like it could take a toss or two or be something I'd start idly flipping up and down while talking to someone on the phone. DSis and other PSPs have too much heft to spark that kind of response from me. I guess we could contact a scientist to find out why, but I'm short on time today.

After my original PSP hands-on report from E3, readers asked if the system was too light. I'm not sure how a system could be too light, but I can say that the PSPgo, unlike the earlier PSPs is a machine that feels like you could forget it's in your pocket.

The unit I played yesterday was loaded with several games. I played the new Jak and Daxter on it briefly, with no ergonomic difficulty. I also tried to use the Go's exclusive Game Sleep function, but the Jak build was blocking it. The Game Sleep function allows a player to sleep their game at any point and return to the cross media bar on the PSP to do other things — no saving required. I failed to ask if multiple games can be frozen with Game Sleep at the same time, but will follow up.

For many of the vocal readers on this site, the questions that linger about the PSPgo are the price and the system's support of existing disc-based games, particularly those that prospective Go buyers already posess. The Sony rep I spoke to in New York stuck to the comments chief U.S. PlayStation marketing man Peter Dille gave Kotaku during E3, that the October 1, $US250 unit is priced for early adopters.

It will remain hard to assess the true cost of that $US250 price until Sony explains how gamers will or won't be able to play the many disc-based PSP games on the disc-drive-free Go, via data transfer, some sort of trade-in system, re-purchasing discounts or whatever. As of yesterday, that plan remains to be announced. (Going forward it does seem that major releases will be released digitally for the PSPgo, as Sony has previously announced. The timing of those releases remains unclear, though, as, for example, a LucasArts rep at the Sony event was not able to say whether the downloadable version of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron would be released the same day as the disc game hits stores or a little before or after.)

I kept two hands on the PSPgo yesterday. It's a solid little machine. The PSPgo just needs the plan around it to be clarified, to ensure gamers won't have other reasons to want to toss it other than its weight.


Comments

    I used to have a PSP, it's just a bit expensive for just valkaryia chronicles and monster hunter though.

    Monster hunter which I will be able to get on the wii hopefully sooner or later.

    If Sony was set on giving us backwards compatability with our current UMD collections they would say so and iron out the details later. It is simply too big a bullet point to sit on.
    This ambiguity does not fill me with confidence, its like they are trying to cement the product in the gaming community's psyche first, maybe announce a triple A digital exclusive title, then hit us with the bad news.

    hmmm bit iffy about the release schedule as long as were not talking more then 2 week time-frame. Also i wonder if games will load quicker now as its a solid state drive and not the umd disc.

    I heard that the PSP Go removes the original USB port, the little triangular plug that connect you use to connect to your PC. Is this true? How then would I be able to upload my music or videos onto the PSP?

    Got me thinking, maybe they should offer some deals to certain retailers so its cheaper for people to upgrade.

    Are they actually getting rid of the PSP-3000?

    The DS Lite still sells farely well. Mainly cause people want to keep the advance slot on their DS but obviously at the moment a lot of people are upgrading and buying DSi's (but most likely keeping the DS Lite).

    But i actually dont know if the DS Lite is still going to be manufactured to a lesser degree as the DSi.
    So whats happening with the original PSP, gonna keep it incase people want that? or let it die out and make the PSP Go the standard one until the PSP2?

    With that said, Sony should give a deal if thats the case to say $50 off when you trade in your Original PSP or something. Cause if the PSP Go is priced relatively high compared the current PSP then some people wont upgrade etc... I know EB offered trade in consoles for consoles, but Sony should offer something perhaps.

      Sony have said they'll be keeping the PSP-3000. The PSP Go is a digital-alternative, not a direct replacement.
      If PSP Go take-up is high enough though, I'm sure they'll eventually phase out the PSP-3000 and UMD manufacturing, as the digital distribution will be far cheaper for them.

      As for trade-in deals, that type of thing is completely down to retailers. EB and GAME will have their usual trade-in deals, possibly even JB. Don't expect any others to though.
      The only way Sony themselves could offer a trade-in is if they sold the PSP Go themselves, either through a Sony store or website.

    PSP-3000 will still be around, so the PSP GO will a choice rather than an upgrade.

    bit strange... isn't the normal psp here like $300 anyway thats around the price of the Go =D

    Bluetooth tethering, portablility and coolness factor will make me buy day one... Memory expansion capapbililty and the huge list of upcoming games assures that I will continue to enjoy it. I have the 3000 now, and am giving that to my son. That way I don't have to worry about old discs, etc... I luv my PSP... Just want more games.

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