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The PSP GO.... is a "NO GO" :)

  • Oct 15, 2009
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What's the deal with the "PSP GO" anyways? Does anybody understand the logic behind this product?  It seems to me that the "negatives" greatly outweigh the "positives".  What puzzles me the most is that they actually took away features (like the ability to play UMD games and movies) and then slapped on a more expensive price tag!  Also, by taking away the UMD functions... Sony is actually kind of telling consumers that the "UMD" is now obsolete.  It's generally not a good idea to tell the public that something you "invented" is now obsolete.  Also, it's a slap in the face to previous PSP owners to basically say "if you want to get this new PSP, guess what... your old UMD games won't play on this so you'll have to buy the games again and download them at full price".  So here's a question for you... what if someone steals your PSP GO with all your downloaded games/movies on it? Are you majorly screwed???

  Here's what I think Sony's gameplan was: "hey, lets make a more cost effective PSP... it'll be much cheaper to make without the UMD drive. Let's add a flashy slide out screen to draw in the "mindless consumers" and then charge people much more than it costs to make the damn thing!" ... "Oh yeah, and they'll have to re-buy and download all the games they like...which will save us even more money because we won't even have to physically package the games, but we'll still charge them full-price of course! (mwah ha ha!!!)"

Well, guess what Sony... we're not as "mindless" as you think.  And I think consumers at large will see the PSP GO as a "No Go".  This could change if Sony offers it at a much lower price point... like $100 cheaper.

-Slide out Screen
-16GB on-board memory
-More portable

-No UMD drive
-Smaller Screen
-Much more expensive than other PSP models ($250) ... that's $50 less than a PS3!
-You must download all games and content
-Inability to share or sell your old games after you are bored with them.
-Risk of losing all of your games and movies if you lose your PSP Go.

Bottom Line:

I think the 'PSP GO' was made so that SONY and game makers could have a higher profit margin on their system and games sold.  I don't think they really made this with the "Gamer's" interests in mind.  It is a step backward... and I hope that SONY, as well as other consumers realize this.
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October 20, 2009
See, this is almost exactly why I can't fathom why ANYONE would actually want to buy a PSP Go.  You can buy the standard PSP for much cheaper.  But the worst part of it all is the lack of UMD support.  It just seems unrealistic to expect the consumer to buy what they've already got.
October 21, 2009
I'm totally with you Sean. I just hope other gamers out there realize what a "rip off" it really is. Then perhaps Sony will finally make an acceptable "upgrade" to the PSP... like a next gen PSP with backward compatibility to old PSP version 1 games. Perhaps that's asking way too much, though. By the way, I liked your "PSP GO" review too! lol :)
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review by . October 05, 2009
I'm a huge gamer.  And I happen to have a huge network of friends.  It's how I'm able to play a lot of games early on before actually buying them.  When you're in a gang of ten people (eight of whom play games regularly) usually there's someone who will get a hold of something within that group.  When my friends and I saw the PSP Go for the first time, my thought was, "No one in our group is gonna get that thing."  Well, I shouldn't have been surprised when …
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Sony recently announced the release of the new PSP Go, a sleeker more advanced version of the original handheld videogame, movie, and video gadget. Go is half the size of the original PSP and built to download and store video, pictures and games. Go devices have built-in wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities. The PSP Go will be priced at $249.
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Number of Players: 1-4 (Most Games)
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: Playstation Portable Go

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