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bigplrbear

What's the point?

Seriously, I don't understand what the point of the PSPgo is. They took away the UMD, and they didn't put another analog stick on there. They changed the form factor in to something similar to the Sony Mylo. Seriously, is all this worth the price they charge for it? I don't think so.

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deinfinityx

I think a lot of people dont think it is worth it, unless they don't already have a psp. Unless sony decided that they will digitally convert all of some peoples collections to this there would be no point in buying it whatso ever. I think it is another potential flop for them, unless they are still keeping a must have feature secret from everyone, which i doubt.
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bigplrbear

I totally agree- I have a PSP 1001 model that I play all the time. All of my games are already copied to the memory stick (I have the original UMDs as well because I'm legit), and it has access to the Playstation store, so it already does everything the GO can.

The difference? 32Mb more RAM- only really useful for emulating GBA/Nintendo 64 games or web browsing, neither of which I do on my PSP.
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deinfinityx

I just don't see it selling to people that already have a psp, its only reasonable market would be non psp owners, and even though i don't have a psp i wouldn't buy one because i do all my game shopping in the used section of game stores. Something you can't do with digital downloads.
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phathom

There is no point.
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coologuy1957

Ya, this is for people who didn't care, but now would want a small PSP with all digital games and pay a substantial price increase for it. Its a luxury item and will sell low volume. WTF were they thinking??? They need something cheap and innovative to counter the DSi.... instead we get this...
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deinfinityx

Especially since the DS lite is now dropping to $100 or at least in some stores.
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coologuy1957

No one has released a small gaming device that plays new games, but has the sexiness/form factor of the GameBoy Micro. That is one of the devices I have always wanted to own and play with. Have a small device with a big screen that can play 360 games! That would be huge!
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TheInfluence

I don't own a PSP or a DS, but I am thinking about getting this as soon as it comes out. How many games can be saved on the hard drive?
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deinfinityx

I don't think anyone really knows yet.
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coologuy1957

Put it this way, it will come with 16GB of storage and you can expand that with memory cards to over 100GB...

each full size PSP game is a max of 1.8GB in size

do some division and factor in music, videos, pics, and saves and the answer can vary from about 8 games to a 60+...

downloadable PSN PSP games are pretty small too (ex. Beats - one of my faves)
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deinfinityx

Well thats still a few but maybe i may buy this if the game base is ok when it launches.
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coologuy1957

are you kidding, the game base is good now!

I have, I think, about 10 games for this system that I love!

And, if you as big of a PS2 GTA fan as you said the "Stories" games are perfect. It really is GTA III on liberty city stories...

Great Ratchet & Clank game for you, Battlefront, pretty much all the games you like in a portable version!

what more could you ask for!? (besides cheaper game prices) (paying $50 for a game used to kill me and I'm glad they came to their senses....)
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deinfinityx

True i meant if they ported them to the pspgo i might get that instead of the 3000
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coologuy1957

ah ha! I think I would get the PSPgo too if I had never had any of them... I love switching games without changing discs - same with movies as I also mentioned earlier..
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deinfinityx

Yeah i think i still may get the 3000 like the original ps3
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coologuy1957

I love the feel of the original PSP and looking at the go's foldout controls, they don't seem good/comfortable... I really want to get my hands on it in-store...
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deinfinityx

I think i am going to do the same, and if the price isn't bad i might go with this instead but we will see.
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coologuy1957

"any way the wind blows....."
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tekdroid

PSP Go possible downsides (depending on your perspective, I guess):
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1) no UMD slot means download-only, not both UMD and download choices like current units offer

2) 3.8 inch screen compared to larger 4.3 inch on every other PSP

3) non-removable battery means no means to replace it yourself when it eventually loses capacity to hold charge and doesn't last long between charges. This will happen in a couple of years for most people using it fairly often without the AC adaptor. Also no extended trips with a spare battery. No high-capacity optional battery choice like we have with current PSPs.

4) more cramped controls

5) integrated memory of 16GB is not removable (if it fails, it cannot be switched). You're looking at either expensive out-of-warranty work or warranty return downtime. Like all flash memory, it has limited write life. Plus 16GB memory stick + full-featured PSP is actually cheaper than the PSP Go. I don't see this changing unless Sony cut the price.


PSP Go new features:
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* Bluetooth
* Compact size & lighter weight

Downloading is not a new feature. Current PSPs have been able to download off Sony's store for ages. Wi-Fi or USB cable + internet-connected machine.
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coologuy1957

all good points and like you say - all potential downsides..

gonna have to wrap my hands around this thing and find out but I don't have high hopes..

that and I love my PSP-2000 and my game collection!
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