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Sony PSP Go Pictures, Video

June 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Handhelds

Introducing the Sony PSP Go: Seems Sony realized that the UMD format was effectively dead; the latest planned incarnation of the Sony PSP only accepts media through Memory Stick Micro cards and wireless downloads (via the PlayStation Network). Bad news for current UMD and normal-sized Memory Stick users.

All Images Courtesy SCEA

All Images Courtesy SCEA

Yet the focus on digital delivery means that Sony was reportedly thoughtful enough to equip the PSP Go with 16GB of onboard memory. The new slide-down form factor may be something new for longtime PSP users. That’s because controlling the portable console requires the hands to be closer together—and below the Go’s 3.8″ screen. Compare that to the thumbs-on-the-side configuration that has defined every PSP model until now.

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Like its predecessors, the PSP Go features WiFi, which as you may know allows wireless multiplayer gaming, access to the PlayStation Network, and limited web browsing. Unlike previous PSPs however, the Go is also Bluetooth-capable, potentially allowing data sharing with other kinds of devices, and of course setting up multiplayer games with nearby PSP Go owners.

The PSP Go will debut in North America and Europe this October 1, at a price of $249 and €249 respectively (poor Europeans!). It will hit Japan on November 1, with a 26,800 yen price.

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Given the PSP’s long history with homebrewing and piracy, I wonder if Sony will still go through the trouble of attempting to lock the PSP Go against hack/mod attempts. As anyone knows though, piracy is nigh impossible to stop. In any case, here’s a video of the PSP Go in action:

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