The new PSP Go! is just around the corner, will you be adding one to your list of gadgets?
Form factor: The PSP Go has a 3.8-inch wide screen (versus 4.3-inch on all previous PSP models). It’s said to be 43 percent lighter than the PSP 300o0 which bring the weight to about 3.8 ounces.
Storage: The Go will offer 16GB of built-in flash memory, and it’s expandable via a Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot. There is no UMD (Universal Media Disc) drive on the PSP Go. While that no doubt allows for the smaller size it also means there’s no way to play existing PSP software you might own on the PSP Go. Games will now be downloaded digitally. For those who don’t have access to internet or WiFi connections, download kiosks will be established in popular destinations so that players can conveniently get their gaming fix.
Controls: While the layout may be different, the control scheme on the PSP Go is little changed from earlier PSP models: a four-way d-pad on the left, the standard quartet of geometrically coded Sony controls (circle, square, cross, triangle) on the right, select/start buttons in the center, and the PS “home” button to the left of the screen.
Wireless: In addition Wi-Fi support, the PSP Go adds Bluetooth capability to the Sony handheld platform for the first time. That should allow standard Bluetooth headsets (and, presumably, A2DP headphones and speakers) to pair with the PSP Go.
Digital media support: The Go boasts the same support for music, video, and photo files as earlier PSPs, so you should have no trouble transferring gigabytes of media from a PC (or via the M2 flash media card). Sony will be releasing software called Media Go to help users manage the PSP’s content on their PC. The company is also promising a feature called “Sense Me” that will analyze your music library to play music based on a mood you choose.
PS3 integration: Again, it appears the existing connection between the PS3 and the PSP line will be carried over to the PSP Go. That includes the ability to cross-load some games and media, as well as the Remote Play option (access PS3-based content from the PSP over the Internet).
Price and availability: The PSP Go will be available in North America on October 1 for $249. (The portable console will go on sale in Europe the same day for 249 euros, and availability in Japan will follow a month later.)