The PSP Go just launched last week but the high price tag and a lack of a UMD-to-digital conversion program has kept people away. We don't have any sales estimates just yet but we're hoping Sony fares better during the holiday season, anyway.

As for right now, the PSXE readers really don't have much of an interest in the new unit; only some of you might consider a purchase if the price drops, but most of you just aren't thinking about it at all. For the record, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Sony will indeed cut the price of the PSP Go down to $199 just in time for the shopping blitz in a month or so. It might be a good idea, despite the fact that Sony has prepared over 16,000 pieces of downloadable content and 225 full downloadable titles for the PSP Go; the PSP-3000 is still the choice for many, and $250 can be steep for others. For our part, the PSP go registers as a great achievement but one that will need some time to catch on, which shouldn't surprise anyone; such was the way for the first iteration of the handheld in question. Traditionally, if you give Sony time, they will emerge victorious…

As for this week, we figure we address the hot topic: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves . We know you're all anxiously awaiting our review and to make things more interesting, we thought we'd pick your brains…what do you think our final overall score will be? The way everyone's going on about this game, you might think we'll give it the coveted perfect 10, although only one other title this generation – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – received that honor. Or maybe you have this sneaking suspicion that we're not as enamored as everyone else, and we're gonna give it a score that freaks everyone out. Who knows? Do you know? Take a shot.

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Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

To be fair, you only gave one "no" option in that poll. But yeah, people aren't exactly enamored with the go!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

People would be more enamored if they knew the complete detail of the launch bundles/offers which are not as bad as the initial sticker shock would suggest.

I also think that if Sony correctly positioned this thing along side the ludicrously expensive products that Apple pushes, there may be a little less push back. However, the fundamental problem remains. This updated version of the PSP which is now a platform that's 4 years (or is it 5) old only costs $50 (that's 16%) less than the state of the art, "does everything" PS3. Now, I don't know about you, but that immediately bothers my common sense filter. It really doesn't take the mind of a Harvard educated marketing statistician or economist to see that consumers in stores are not going to react positively to a device that's about the size of a small internal HDD costing $249 when the PS3 sold essentially right next to it costs $299.

A $199 launch price point would have been far more acceptable, and to be honest I don't see the point of the higher price. Unless they truly intend to drop the price to $199 during the pre-Xmas sales and then leave it there. If that's the case then they potentially create a wave of optimism because of the $50 price drop. However That comes at the price of a really negative product launch.

All that said, The slide opener, new screen,m built in 16GB with an additional external Memory Stick slot are nice features for a download only 'mini-PSP'. The BlueTooth features (tethering, controller synch and headset compatibility) are very additions. So, does this PSP do Skype? A lot of cell operators are offering pure data plans now. If I were Sony, I would explore the possibility of offering pure data plans to PSP customers, and include the appropriate chipset in the PSP Go. That way, the PSP Go can be a phone – without being a phone – thru VOIP.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Sony may not have won me over to the Go (I'm loving my 1000 still), but they did snag close to $80 from me on Wednesday night thanks to the great flood of content for the PSP on the PSN.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

The massive increase in content for the Go is the biggest plus of the Go for me. Because it's download only, it makes it mandatory for PSP content to be released in digital form, which is a *GOOD* thing.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

Like i said before pspgo is pspfail. hate sony for doing this. psp is ahead of its time like the game gear, we are just not ready for pure down load games yet. should have been psp2 with 256 ram, two extra buttons and a analog, well a ps2 in our hand is more like it.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

People have been clamoring for the PS3 to drop in price so Sony drops it to the blockbuster 300 dollar range, quickly followed by a new PSP for… get this… 250! Friggin' OUCH! Especially when everyone already has one. And what's the benefit? $2 mini games that ALSO work on your old PSP?

Sony should have released the PSPGo as a mini PSP that costs 100 and can play all kinds of mini games. Look at the DS. There's a market for cheap fun.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Well, one of the benefits was the sudden appearance of nearly 100 new downloadable games for the PSP, along with an assurance that all future PSP releases will be available for download as well as on UMD.

I'll buy a Go when it hits $199.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

I bought mine Oct 2nd, due to the fact that the 3000 sucks, the headphone jack broke while in its case after hitting the floor from two feet high, then the UMD drive failed two months ago, so Im loving my go, happy to pay it. Thanks Sony, it doesn't feel cheap unlike the 3000.Plus the grips and bluetooth tethering doms.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

I don't know why you had such bad luck with the PSP-3000 but I've had mine since February and never had a problem with it. I do take care of mine and wouldn't let it fall to the floor like that. Really a shame that yours had problems.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Wow I'm sorry that happened. I dropped my 2000 ounce on an acrylic floor about 5 feet high outside its case and nothing broke!, but my battery case is kinda loose.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

its only dropped a couple times, I fell asleep listening to music and it fell off the bed

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

dropped my 1000 a few times,the battery and UMD drive just pop open. I stepped on it once when it was under a blanket and the umd drive just sticks out a bit. still works fine, the only problem is the power indicator light doesnt work. cant tell if its done charging without turning it on, cant tell if i left it on but the screen is off.

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

Well I have a PSP 1000 and it is solid, Ive dropped it from 4ft high on concrete and it was fine.
I will not be upgrading.

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

Well I have a PSP 1000 and it is solid, Ive dropped it from 4ft high on concrete and it was fine.
I will not be upgrading.

Milonakis
Milonakis
11 years ago

I would buy the go but im in college and have no moneys. I might get it down the road if it goes down to 200. I think you'll give uncharted an 8.8. It won't compare to Metal Gear 4, ever. Especially if it features nazi zombie theives in a submarine.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Has anyone gotten the PSP Go yet? I really want one I just don't have the money for it right now. I would have to choose between this or uncharted 2 and I want U2 more.

But for those who got is it really awesome? I read a lot of positive reviews on it.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

If you look above, jamo_Indy_pub says he got one and in the forums, others have commented about having gotten one. I will get one… eventually…

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

its pretty sweet, the stereo bt and bt tethering is awesome, the analog nua is so much more responsive, and so are the triggers, the micro mem sticks are pretty cheap, the docking station is cool too, not to mention the hard drive is pretty conveniant, and really brings the PSP to where it needed to be. Fits perfectly in pockets, the grips really do make a difference,hope I helped ya out.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

@jmo_INDY_Repub1

Is it lower than the PSP 3000?

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

@jmo_INDY_Repub1
I already know that the screen smudges easily but does the frame(the parts other then the screen and the buttons) smudge?

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

what do u mean lower? if ur referring to the price, then no, but it definatively makes up for it in features.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

the white doesnt, my friend Josh bought the whhjte one but on the black one does on the front, but not the back of it, for the buttons slightly in the right light.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

I already got the black Go and put a few things on it but now that I've read that the white Go doesn't smudge I feel like returning it for the pearl white model. What do you think?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I meant the sound coming from the speakers.

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

Hey dude, it all depends on ur taste man, if u dont want smudges then go for it, and for the speaker volume, its a little bit, hard to notice unless youve got a older model an a go side by side.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

I wanted black T-T but i guess i have to get the white cause im a neat freak. Lol i don't let a speck of dust got on my ps3 slim.

Charger7302
Charger7302
11 years ago

I am one of those who is psyched about the psp go, but the price just keeps me away. I bought a psp 1000 and have only bought one game since it's launch, which was star wars battlefront, so the no umd conversion doesn't bother me. I hope pachter is right(for once) and sony do lower the psp go price.

And I don't know about you guys but I hate how many websites have said that it is now time to buy a ps3, because of U2. Last time I checked there have been many great games and in IMO better games then U2(MGS4), that justify the purchase of a ps3. (sorry kinda went off topic)

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Well, they have to have an excuse for saying it now. They can't just come out and admit that they've been wrong. So something new is needed as a deciding factor in the decision to back the PS3.

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
11 years ago

seriously…. $250??…. for $50 more you can buy a PS3 slim

just sayin….

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

Thats what i thought exactly when the ps3 got a price drop.

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

Agreed!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

Hey and for an extra $150 I can get an iPhone.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

You'll end up getting bad phone service with that iPhone. 😉

I've seen PS3 slims go for $200 lately. Pretty cheap.

___________
___________
11 years ago

50 bucks more and i can get a Iphone.
and it only does everything 😉

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

I'd say it could be a 10. But I voted between 9.5 and 9.9 just because we all know that Ben and Arnold don't throw around high scores easily.

RustEDalex
RustEDalex
11 years ago

yeah, but uncharted and metal gear are almost similar if you ax me

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I'm fairly interested in the Go cause I would like to have it for OFW.Once it hits the 199 mark I'll get it in a second.As for U2 I've lately looked at most of Ben & Arnold's past reviews for the big name games and have come see that they are most of the time hard-asses(no offense).So I see U2 getting around a 8.4 to 9.2.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Just so you know Ben, if you give the game a perfect score you'll make a young boy very happy. Hmm, now that I've written that it doesn't seem like it would influence your decision all that much… U2 FTW!


Last edited by Kowhoho on 10/4/2009 11:17:42 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

A perfect 10!

I can't believe they made the psp Go for small hands….that really kept me from getting one, or even thinking of getting one. I have big hands. I'll get a psp 3000.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Good boy

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

When you get the 3000, stroke it nicely Scarecrow 🙂

Q!

"i am home"

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

*anime drop*

Neurotoxiny
Neurotoxiny
11 years ago

Probably nab one of those Go's for my birthday

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

If they drop that price to $199, will grab one asap. As of right now, Im patiently waiting.

Shadow_Ninja
Shadow_Ninja
11 years ago

im pretty arnold will give uncharted a perfect or near perfect score. not because you guys are being biased. but because that is what the game really deserves.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Telling Arnold you're pretty is not gonna get help with the review score.

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

LOL!

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

Hahahaha, nice piece of work tes37!


Last edited by Hezzron on 10/5/2009 10:12:23 AM

Milonakis
Milonakis
11 years ago

All this talk of the psp go makes me have to go p asap

Aftab
Aftab
11 years ago

Double LOL!