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E3 09: PSP Go revealed

After months of speculation, company denials and fan hopes, a new PSP has finally been leaked via Qore on the US PlayStation Network. Some questions have been answered immediately. It is not PSP 2. It does have a sliding screen. It doesn't have a UMD drive. By now you've probably read the news from our homepage and seen the images. But just in case, here it is again - the PSP Go. Have a look and see what you think.


Above: A highly unflattering press shot, complete with rippled face metal

You've probably come up with a few reservations - and to be fair, we probably had the same ones. But after a little thought, we reckon they're unfounded. Here's why:

Complaint: You can't play your old UMDs on it
We say: Although Sony's strategy is unknown at this time, it seems unlikely at first that there will be a method of transferring your UMD games to your PSP Go. However, we reckon the possibility is there. Perhaps you'll be able to do it via PS3, or maybe with a serial number sent to Sony.

Or perhaps you'll be able to rip a game from an old PSP onto a Memory Stick Duo using new PSP firmware, then transfer the file to a Memory Stick Micro on a PC, ready for use in your PSP Go. It's definitely possible.

And besides, we're ready for full digital distribution. It is the future.

Complaint: It looks like it's going to be hard to hold
We say: There has been much consternation on the internet so far regarding the position of the analog nub. Surely the weight distribution is going to make it impossible to hold with fingertips only? Well, actually that's not true. If it were as big and heavy as the existing PSP models, then yes this would be hopeless. But look how small it is when it's being held. It looks practically weightless, with buttons accessible by even the smallest thumbs. If you've ever played a Game Boy Advance SP, you'll be able to play this.

Complaint: It's still only got one analog nub
We say: This was sadly inevitable considering this is still the original PSP at heart. Adding another stick would have been useless for existing software, and using it only for PSP Go-specific titles would alienate the existing userbase (although DSi's exclusive WarioWare camera game isn't available on DS Lite and nobody seems to mind that).

Looking at the picture, it seems the nub has more room to move around in this time, which will make gradual analog movement easier, so at least it's improved.

Complaint: It looks cheap
We say: We'll admit - the ripples in the faceplate of the PSP Go in the picture do not scream 'quality'. But, having seen the Qore video, it looks like that really was just a 'bad hair day' for the new machine. Seeing it in context, in a person's hands, it looks magnificent. Look at the video:



Complaint: The screen's smaller
We say: Tiny screens are beautiful. Ever played a GBA Micro? PSP's large screen can easily lose a cm or two and still look gorgeous. And if the screen resolution remains the same, this is only going to result in a sharper image. 3D games will look better as angular graphics will be that much less visible. In short, it's going to be the best PSP screen yet.

There will obviously be much more about PSP Go in Sony's conference tomorrow. But we're already really excited about it. The first one should have made our lives complete, but it didn't. We know not to get our expectations up too high these days (Sonic taught us that), but we can't help it when new hardware looks so irresistably sleek and sophisticated. Day one purchase, for us at least.

Have we put your mind at rest? Let us know your thoughts on the new model in the comments below.

01 June 2009

76 comments

  • CreeplyTuna - June 12, 2009 2:04 a.m.

    downloading games ONLY? not for me
  • blt505 - June 9, 2009 3:26 a.m.

    It looks deuchy
  • chrism47 - June 8, 2009 5 p.m.

    The new PSP seems pretty nice but the fact that the nub is in the center and that you cant put in your old UMD's makes it really usless and confusing i would rather get the PSP 2 or at least a psp that uses UMD's i think this idea is going to fail
  • jorge543 - June 3, 2009 7:13 p.m.

    hey corsair89 you dont know nothing about the new psp go you stupid bitch your just saying it looks like a cheap phone becuase you cant afford it.
  • skalpo - June 3, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    More foto http://tiontelmioler-bl.mybrute.com
  • Sonneilon - June 3, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    I'm jiggy w/ my PSP now. Yeah, it is HELL to hold for long periods of time but I'm a mark for PHYSICAL content. I HATE downloaded content because I'm sure we ALL know that downloads can go to crap and you just wasted, what? 99 cents to $15? No. Give us UMD or something swell.
  • SexualDiarrheaNo1 - June 3, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    I'm seeing price control in the future.
  • G4maniac - June 3, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    That is one of the best psp's i have ever seen i got to give sony some props
  • jar-head - June 2, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    The Whole reason for making a second gen is cause the first gen sucked and is not current. Until you have one In Your Hand, you shouldnt 110% say it's shit. plus it's natural to freak out on Brand new ideas kept in Sony's Vault. anyone rememebr the first reaction to touch pads/screens? "Waht if your ahnds are sticky, then it's gana be on your phone!" Solution: Why would you touch shit with unclean sticky hands? were just going in a large circle conversation...damn you technology!
  • GR_JustinTowell - June 2, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    I admit, I thought exactly the same things as you guys when I saw the pictures, but like I said in the article, when you see it being held in the video, it looks superb and suddenly makes sense. And that GBA Micro reference still stands - the screen on that is the clearest, brightest screen I've ever seen, and I still play mine. Mario vs Donkey Kong FTW ;)
  • sundaysupreme - June 2, 2009 6:58 a.m.

    I want one, but I have an iPhone that it is exactly the same thing with more features. Damn, why do I want one?
  • ranzatsu - June 2, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Oh, and probably, my idiot classmates will be too hypnotized to notice the flaws in this piece of crap, so they'll probably nab this one. Ah well, I've reserved a DSi, so no prob.
  • ranzatsu - June 2, 2009 4:24 a.m.

    I'll stick to my Madden '09 PSP-2000. The PSP-3000 is just a remodel, so it won't have much of a difference. The PSP Go looks lame. The analog stick is on the right side of the control pad, and you'll have to squint to use it. And what's special about a sliding screen? Nokia makes cellphones like that! There's no reason for Sony to do the same! And the rippled face metal says it all.
  • phoenix_wings - June 2, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    This...kind of sucks. Y'know they could have at least made it a flip instead of a slide. The onboard memory just BEGS for piracy, kind of like the SD card on the DSi. And the inability to return games that you don't like kind of takes care of the problem of publishers not getting any of the money for used game sales. Hey, Sony CEO himself said--give it to us for free or we'll find a way to steal it. With the PSP so easily modded and the failure of the UMD, Sony would naturally be in damage control mode to limit piracy...even though the onboard memory just--begs for it.
  • MetallicaFan93 - June 2, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    it looks cool except one analog nub! shouldnt they have learned from the last time? what if instaed of umd's they made these thing where you buy the game then download it to enternal memory kinda like the ds demo stands at target stores
  • SunshineHobo - June 2, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    I'm wary of the all digital age, i like my DVD's, and my CD's. There is something odd about having something and not being able to hold it. That all digital thing bugs me...I like solid things. However the world evolves, even if I don't like it.
  • sklorbit - June 2, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    sony needs to look at what their customers actually want. i hope nobody is fooled and thinks its a different system because of the sliding screen. it is basically an uglier version of the original psp that slides open and doesnt take umds. i admit the downloading thing seems interesting but the original psp can already do that, but only some games are available like KZ:liberation and R and C size matters. its not a new system, its not a better system, its an utter dissapointment
  • adrianpeterson - June 1, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    pathetic
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 1, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    Are you honestly calling the GB Micro awesome? Stop smoking your British weed, Towell!
  • manaconda - June 1, 2009 10:20 p.m.

    boo-urns sony. boo-urns.

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