In the coming days Sony will release yet another iteration of its Playstation Portable hand held console the "PSP Go."
The smaller (50% smaller in fact) and lighter (40% lighter) hand held console is attempting to capture the portable appeal of the Apple iPhone and the digital connectivity of the Nintendo DSi. However, at a $250 price tag Sony may be asking for too much.
For those of you who are new to the PSP Go here is an update on its features:
- 50% smaller and 40% lighter than PSP-3000
- 16 GB Storage
- M2 Memory Stick Slot
- Wireless and Bluetooth connection capibilities
- No UMD drive
That last bullet point is ironically the PSP Go's most unique quality and hardest selling point.
The PSP Go will only play digitally downloaded data for all its media content such as music, pictures, videos, and yes, games.
Without a Universal Media Disc (UMD) drive, the PSP Go will be unable to play any physically exisiting PSP games in UMD form. Meaning that current PSP owners will have to either repurchase games through the Playstation Network on the PSP Go/PS3 or through their Windows based PC using Sony's "Media Go" service.
Sony has announced that PSP game publishers will still release games on UMD, so there is little risk for current PSP owners who want to stand by their apparently "immobile" PSP.
At a retail price of $250 that may be a tough pill to swallow for PSP owners and non-PSP owners alike.
You could buy a Nintendo Wii and still save $50 thanks to Nintendo's recent price cut or you could purchase a Xbox 360 Pro for the same amount. Yeck, throw in $50 and you have a new Playstation 3.
The huge price tag for the PSP Go's slick functionality will at best attract tech savvy consumers who do not already own a PSP.
Henceforth, since the PSP Go delivers no graphical improvements, only slightly faster load times, games that only exist in a quasi-imaginary "digital" format, and cost $250, I don't foresee the PSP Go flying off the shelves and I cannot recommend it to anyone.