Conclusion: The newfound pocketability of the PSP Go makes one undeniable step forward from the PSP-3000, but Sony takes too many simultaneous steps back to justify the $250 price tag. The missing UMD drive strips it of compatibility with old games, and introduces more technical hiccups than we care to deal with to get our game on. Old problems, like a pathetic browser, remain, and Sony even insists on introducing new ones with backward-moving features like proprietary jacks.
Pros: Sharp, vibrant screen; significantly smaller form factor
Cons: Smudgy black surface; proprietary power and data connector; proprietary Memory Stick Micro slot; smaller screen; lousy, unimproved browser; minor comfort sacrifices due to smaller size; less flexible than UMD-equipped PSPs
Conclusion: Sony's latest portable gaming console, the PSP go, may be almost as compact as an iPhone, but Sony took away more functionality than it added.
Pros: More compact than previous-generation PSPs. 16GB onboard storage. Bluetooth.
Cons: Expensive. Performance is identical to last PSP model. M2 memory cards. Slow 802.11b. Non-removable battery. Smaller display. No UMD optical drive: If you own PSP UMD titles, they must be repurchased as downloads.
Excerpt: The PSP Go is the latest in the PlayStation Portable family. This mobile gaming device is smaller than its predecessors, and has a sliding design. It forgoes the UMD drive[...
Pros: So small and light; finally the PSP is pocketable!, No UMD clutter — all of your content is digital, Larger memory capacity –16 GB built-in and a M2 slot for another 2-16 GB, Faster game loading times, and no annoying UMD drive noises, Gorgeous screen — bright, with sharp graphics and vivid colors, Great sound quality, especially with headphones, Game pause function is a real winner for convenience
Cons: High price, especially if you have a heavy investment in UMDs, Some PSN games more expensive than their UMD counterparts, No ability to play imported games or purchase cheap used games, Accessories designed for previous PSP models won’t work with the new PSP Go
Excerpt: Sony’s latest incarnation of its handheld looks like the “If They Mated” result of a brief, unsatisfying, boozy affair between a PSP-3000 and an iPod Touch. In recent years, surely to Sony’s chagrin, the original PSP has become a hardcore gamer’s machine. It has none of the playful, touch-me vibe of the Nintendo DS. It’s a slick, black, cold machine that has always ached to be taken seriously. The new PSP go doesn’t stray far from that traditional aesthetic.
Excerpt: Ah, the genre made famous by Diablo, the Action RPG. Sure, there’ve been others on the PC, but almost everyone has heard of Diablo. This game, on its release in the mid 90s, had a huge impact on the gaming industry – it helped to keep a genre going that many saw as dying. Sure, it wasn’t as deep as most RPGs in the sense of gameplay but it did have a somewhat interesting story and was hellaciously addictive.
Sony's PlayStation Portable receives an Apple-esque makeover - for a price
Good Gear Guide.au
13 October 2009
Summary: The PSPgo is a significant evolution of the Sony PlayStation Portable that impresses on almost every level. Unfortunately, its prohibitive price tag is difficult to overlook -- particularly when compared to the PSP 3000, which will be sold alongside it. Until Sony rethinks its pricing strategy, we fear the PSPgo will remain a trendy oddity.
Pros: Attractive slide-screen interface, 16GB inbuilt memory, light, digital distribution - the future of gaming!
Cons: PSP control issues still remain, too expensive, game downloads cost the same as the 'real' thing
Summary: It’s fair to say that the Sony PSP, which debuted way back in September 2005, has been well overdue a facelift. In 2007 it received only minor liposuction with the Slim & Lite, while last year the PSP-3000 brought underwhelming tweaks like a new screen and microphone. But at long last, Sony has taken a scalpel to the PSP’s oversized chassis and brought it up to date by jettisoning the UMD slot in favour of 16GB internal storage.