After reading about Sony's new business strategy for the PSP Go, I believe I'm echoing the sentiments of many hardcore handheld aficionados everywhere: with this drive to support as many small, casual titles as humanly possible, will the big-name productions be left out in the cold?

If you ask a PSP owner who loves his system to name the best titles available, you will hear names like God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII . Now, these are not the same games one might find on the iPhone, nor would they be able to fit in the 20MB size mentioned in the above-linked article. They are blockbusters for the portable world and with the disappearance of UMD and Sony's very clear strategy that centers on smaller, more accessible pieces of software and other applications, we have to wonder… But then again, perhaps this is the reason why they will continue to sell the standard PSP alongside the PSP Go; maybe Sony is well aware that hardcore gamers won't be as obliged to spend another $250 for a system that seems to cater more towards the casual crowd. In other words, we get the distinct feeling that different types of people will own PSPs and PSP Gos. This could very well be the purpose of the new handheld – to cater to a new demographic – but if you expand your reach too far, you may lose your focus.

Not being a gadget hound, I don't really care about some of the little bonuses that the PSP Go affords, although I'm certain many out there are swayed by that sleek portable wonder. I'm just thinking that the die-hard gamer may stick with the regular ol' PSP; perhaps they won't see the Go as an "upgrade."

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TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Smaller screen = downgrade – IMHO…

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

I actually prefer the box shape to the original rectangular psp

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Oh, I don't mind the shape or the design, I'm just a fan of the bigger screen – old eyes you see. ūüėČ

I'll almost certainly buy one of these in due course, when my 2000 passes on to the great landfill.

Kain81
Kain81
11 years ago

i will wait for the PSP-4000 announcement…
acording to Super_Secret it will be announced
soon here is the source

http://forums.n4g.com/Firmware-280-Release-Tomorrow-m659467-p5.aspx

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@kain

Well, assuming the dude was legit…assuming. I hate assuming, but I guess it's worth some wild ass guesses.

PSP-4000? Since the Go hasn't got a second stick neither will the 4000. I'm thinking that the 4000 could be an update with a better screen than the 3000 and/or the standardization on the new PSP Go circuit board. Perhaps even the inclusion of 2GB on-board flash RAM (it's cheap as chips in the 2GB size).

The PS3 stuff was more intriguing. No more Linux support, and something about 'something' happening with the HDDs in more recent systems. Not to mention the stuff about a possible tray loading BD drive and push buttons instead of touch sensors on the front of the unit.

I wonder whether that HDD stuff could either be using 7200rpm drives, or what about on the fly hardware encryption to discourage piracy?

I hope the remarks about the BD drive aren't an indication that the drive will scratch discs. I also have to hope that the comments about the thing being as cheap as it can be are more about Sony shaving costs everywhere possible without dropping quality. Quality has been one of their major wins this generation.

</speculation>

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

You are too true highlander

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

It has alienated me. $250 for what now?

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

Smaller/lighter design, 16 gig internal storage, blue tooth enabled.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Don't start naming off features like it's going to make me want one. What will those three things do for me? It's smaller… uh ok. 16gb is for the digital downloads I can't stand. The blue tooth will never be used and therefore will subsequently be dropped from the psp go 2000.

The ONLY thing the PSP Go has going for it is that it's a PSP. Which I already have.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

16gb is small. I'll buy one if they offer more internal space.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

How is 16GB small!?

Unless Sony finally made good on the 32GB MemoryStick. the only way go to 32GB by purchasing a MemoryStick Pro Duo format micro SD adapter and using two 16GB micro SD cards in it.

Sony plans to bring a 32GB MemoryStick this year, and claims that MemoryStick is good all the way to 2TB – whenever the technology manages to put that must memory in one place.

xStatiCa
xStatiCa
11 years ago

Bluetooth is the big feature that swayed me. Tethering the PSP to my phones internet connection will be nice. I will have internet access for the PSP wherever I go. Bluetooth will also allow portable A2DP wireless headphones to be used with the PSP Go. I already use them for my phone anyway. Others might not care about these features but for me these two things are VERY important to me.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

It'll certainly be interesting to see how well this sells. Looks like Sony is trying to make an iPhone, minus the phone.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

sooooo, they are making an i….interesting

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

An iphone minus the phone is an ipod touch

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

I'm so buying it

But NOT 'cause of the little gadgets

phantomMenace
phantomMenace
11 years ago

I'll probably still buy it because I am not a fan of the current shape. I really like the smaller look it will be easier to fit in a pocket. The screen really isnt that much smaller and I am not really concerned with the games for it because they did say that GT PSP will run on it so I doubt that will be the only major title for it.

Silk
Silk
11 years ago

I predict a totally new package on shelves, albeit the same size as UMD cases except these cases will contain Memory sticks with full games on them. Way easier to carry around than UMDs.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

I feel that this move is a fail, special with the price.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Well, I know a lot of people are complaining about the price and stuff. I get if you already own a PSP that it is maybe not worth getting. On the other hand people like me who don't have one it is worth it. People say, you can get a old PSP and a memory stick for like 10$ less. OK, so then you are only paying 10$ for the new design. To me, it's worth it, it's smaller and easier to carry around, I have enough things in my pockets. Anyways, bottom line I might get a PSP in the next year or so, and if I do it will probably be a PSP go.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Not sure where you shop, but it's $100 dollars less not $10. Or your friends don't know where to get memory cards.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

You can probably get a used/refurb PSP for $120-$140 (Shop around, but refurbs seem to congregate at about $140, which compared to a new system isn't a good deal). You'll pay anything from about $70 and up for a 16GB Memory Stick.

The New Go is only about $50 more than that – depending on the prices you find.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

Ok…50$ dollars, and that's for a refurbished (not a big deal, but it isn't new)…anyways, people can buy whatever they want. I am not saying I will buy one, but I might. I don't think they are charging way too much, maybe a little, but it's not ridiculous.

Silk
Silk
11 years ago

Although the price is high I think it has to be, at least for now anyway. The UMD PSP is cheaper than the current stated price of the PSP Go, it's basically a bargain. If Sony said that they would release the Go at the same price or even cheaper, then no one would buy the UMD PSP and just wait for the Go.

I suspect a price drop on the day of release.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

only two points I want to mention:

1. I am perfectly fine with my PSP fat generation one console and all the great titles I own, GOW chains of O, Crisis Core… I dont need a Go to expand my portable experiences. PSP original and the DS lite are satisfied enough for me.

2. I dont need a PS3 slim, I am extremely happy with the MGS4 PS3 80G bundle with b/c I bought last year, will not care or even look at the slim should it indeed be made and released.

My focus will always be on the great line up of games — GOW3, Demon's Soul, WKC, AC2, FF13, v13, The last guardian, etc.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 7/14/2009 11:48:07 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I'm calling for a PSP Go price cut! ūüėČ

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

Oh World, you little rascal! XD

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Get Kotick on the phone !

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

As an owner of the original PSP I don't see the reason to make the switch. I like my bigger screen, 32 gigs of storage, and the amount of games I can buy for my current PSP with the 250 I save not buying the PSPGo.

To me atleast this is like Sony releasing a different model of the PS2 with a few new bells and whistles but nothing new in terms of graphics. I don't think I would make the switch there either having already owned a PS2.

KingRed
KingRed
11 years ago

Hey Limited What card do you have? I've been looking for a 32 gb card.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

You need to buy a Dual Socket Micro SD to Memory Stick MS Pro Duo Adapter. Then get two 16 gig sd cards. It's rather expensive but well worth it.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I've been thinking about buying one of those, but the lack of Magic Gate support troubles me. Without that video and/or music downloaded from Sony's PS Store won't work, only games.

I've only been able to find one maker of these adapters, where did you find yours?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I got mine from amazon. Had a great sale going on last Fall.

KingRed
KingRed
11 years ago

Thanks Limited
Will have to check that out.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

Should have been a PSP2 with a second analog.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

…then I might have been tempted to drop $250 on it.

I'll stick with my 1000 until Sony comes to their senses.

KingRed
KingRed
11 years ago

I have PSP 2000 model right now but some how I know I will end up getting the PSPGo on launch.

slayerkillemall
slayerkillemall
11 years ago

exactly!

sony made a big mistake,by not including a second analog stick,and they will realize it when microsoft enters the market with their own handheld made especially for FPS,im not a microsoft fan in fact im a huge sony fan but i'll never buy the psp,but if microsoft makes it i'll buy it

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

1) Microsoft have been threatening to enter this market for years. The Zune was supposed to be 'it' and wasn't.

2) a hand held made especially for one genre of game would appear to have a relatively limited audience, you typically want the device to be more generally applicable.

Lastly, your final sentence is completely self contradicting. A total lack of logic.

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

Have you played Resistance, Splinter Cell, or SOCOM on PSP yet? They're all shooters and fantastic games.

A second analog stick would mean that there would be PSP Go only games. The games wouldn't be compatible with the original PSPs. The Go is basically just an up date to the PSP, it's not meant to be a PSP2.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

TheHighlander you are mistaken. There are no sentences in what he wrote.

spiderboi
spiderboi
11 years ago

Not really. If a new generation PSP would have dual analog sticks, it can be ianctive by default for old games for the PSP1000/2000/3000. Albeit if the newer games would enable the use of the 2 sticks, it would piss off old generation PSP users bigtime! i know i would be pissed..

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I think the Go should have introduceD dual analog too. I haven't played any of the games above but one game I do know that needed it badly was MGS: Portable Ops. The controls ruined that game for me.


Last edited by Jawknee on 7/15/2009 9:48:41 AM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

No, they would just have to include the same crippled control scheme they would have used if they hadn't fixed it.

Sony just seems unwilling to admit they made an (understandable) error in the first place, when they built a system to be a portable PS1.5, but didn't build it so that it actually COULD.

p.s. The shooters named above are good games, but they could be better.

p.p.s. I hadn't read spiderboi's reply, but my take was a little different.

p.p.p.s. It's time for a new handheld anyway. How long did any version of the GameBoy last?


Last edited by Fane1024 on 7/15/2009 11:17:09 PM

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

To be honest, if the PSP did have a dual analogue stick mechanic I would buy it immediately… I would find the controls a lot more accessible I think; in particular for FPS as I am interested more in this genre than any other…

Surely it would not be difficult for Sony to do this…

Q!

"i am home"

moumou
moumou
11 years ago

It always seems to be the same strategy over and over and it's obviously working. They release at a stupid price, and there is always going to be a bunch that pays it, then 3 months later the price drops and more accessories flood the market to keep everyone happy. For $250 I want to have more than just a game console. If Sony can deliver that then Im sold.

http://www.aboutpspgo.com


Last edited by moumou on 7/15/2009 5:24:21 AM

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Ya ps3 did that ( except for the flood of games) because i got mine for 1000 $ xD

JohnnyGold
JohnnyGold
11 years ago

arent all those old games like crisis core and gow playable on the psp go?

and wouldnt any new game released for the old psp, have to be compatible with the go?

basically, how could one be for hardcore gamers and one be for the masses? thats like saying the ps3 slim is for the masses and the original is for us. theyre the same system, just aesthetically different.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

All old PSP titles on UMD will be release digitally so that Go Owners don't lose out. There's even supposed to be a disc exchange program.

That's what Sony said, though I wouldn't be surprised if some older games never see the light of day outside their UMDS.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Highlander is right (as usual), except for one word: "all".