Sony Announces the PSP Go - But Is Smaller Better?
I love my PSP. I take it almost everywhere. This is due to the annoying rule of the universe that states:
"I will be stuck somewhere (such as sitting in a doctor's office waiting room or in a broken down car) if I don't bring something to do. If I bring something to do, I will not wait more than 5 minutes."
And this is rule is unerringly true.
So while I carry my PSP everywhere, I rarely get to play it.
But that doesn't diminish my interest in the new PSP Go, available to the US market in October 2009.
At just larger than an iPhone, this little portable game device is quite tiny. And this is, in my opinion, something of a liability.
Though the screen ratio looks similar to the previous PSP models, it is in fact quite a bit smaller: 3.8 inches as opposed to 4.3 inches. 11% smaller, to be precise.
The new slide out control panel is nifty, however. The display, sound, and volume buttons of the older models are now on the top of the device. The PSP Go still harbors the traditional controls. The four-way "joystick" pad is still on the left, and the quad of geometrically tagged buttons still sits on the right. Unfortunately, no second analog control is offered.
But the controls are placed differently, recalling the layout that you would find on a regular PlayStation controller.
As for storage... well, the PSP Go has 16GB of internal flash memory and can be expanded with a Memory Stick Micro. But there's no UMD drive around this time.
This E3 2009 conference video shows off some of the highlights of the PSP Go:
What I don't understand is... well, why make the PSP smaller? The whole reason I got mine was that the screen size was larger than other portable platforms-and I could still fit it in my pocket.
The reduction is screen size is a turn off to me. And no UMD drive? Sure, it makes for a smaller device, but that takes away tons of fun. There's no way I could play my UMD movies or existing PSP games.
Sometimes smaller isn't always better. Time will tell.
SOURCES: CNET, Kotaku