Sony PSP Go (White)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: PSP98514
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- The PSP Go is a sleek and sexy redesign, but its high price tag and some frustrating caveats mean it's not a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners--at least for now.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.99
- Reviewed by: Jeff Bakalar and David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 09/27/2009
- Released on: 10/01/2009
The good: Sleeker, slimmer PSP design; 16GB of internal storage; expansion slot for additional memory; Bluetooth connectivity; good integration with PS3; can access multiple downloaded games without needing to keep bulky UMDs at hand; you can pause and resume game states.
The bad: Pricey, despite lack of touch screen and second analog stick; smaller screen (but same resolution); awkward placement of analog stick, volume, and display controls; unable to play UMD games or use old PSP accessories; uses obscure and expensive Memory Stick M2 format for memory expansion; battery not user-replaceable; slow download times for large games; online store not as intuitive as others (like the App Store).
The bottom line: The PSP Go is a sleek and sexy redesign, but its high price tag and some frustrating caveats mean it's not a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners--at least for now.
Inherently Flawed in every way
by quantumphysics on October 4, 2009
Pros: Nice small form factor and appeal.
Cons: No dual analog, no backward peripheral compatibility, SONY price fixing on games, no touchscreen keyboard considering the high price.
Summary: Even the new PANDORA offers dual analog sticks. Its because without dual analog 3D games don't have proper control dynamics. Every single FPS game for the PSP is crap ...
Summary: Even the new PANDORA offers dual analog sticks. Its because without dual analog 3D games don't have proper control dynamics. Every single FPS game for the PSP is crap because you end up having to use face buttons to look and the setup feels unnatural.
Consider also that the original PSP's games and peripherals are steadily getting and you could go for it and have access to more stuff for less money. The GO is nothing more than a way for SONY to exercise complete control of their product and makes it impossible for buyers to buy used games for less money - or, to even lend games.
SONY never ceases to dissapoint. This inferior product is coming after the backward compatibility lacking PS3 Slim.
if I wwere working at SONY their stock would be through the roof because we wouldn't be releasing products one after the next with ridiculous setbacks and flaws.
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great handheld for games, video and music
by guillecubillos on November 13, 2010
Pros: the games look similar to ps2 even to wii, 16 gb for movies, music and games, wifi, pocketable, media go software is very usefull
Cons: addictive, kinda dont like much the browser, but i dont use it too much. But its not the primary purpose of the go.
Summary: Here's the deal, I had some money to spend in a handheld for my solitary lunchbreaks, so I started doing some research, at first I thought about buying the ...
Summary: Here's the deal, I had some money to spend in a handheld for my solitary lunchbreaks, so I started doing some research, at first I thought about buying the psp go, I'm 39 but I wantes to spend my time doing something entertaining and enjoyable, so psp games sounded great for that purpose. In my research I found 2 other handhelds in the same price range, an archos 5 and an ipod touch. both are 16 gb, play games and have built in wifi. Internet is something that I use moderately, Im not a facebook or twitter fan, so that's something that wasnt the primary use of my handheld, but I thing if is was the case ill go for the archos. after 2 weeks I found out that best buy had the go at $145 so that made my decision, and i can't be more happy. Its very sleek, very portable, a lot of inexpensive games to buy, decent wifi and browser, nice features like skype and comic books (i love these), great games, very good picture quality, the os has the same ps3 appereance, with wifi u can connect to ur ps3 from anywhere easily, great sound...
bottom line... if u r looking for inexpensive internet and apps handheld, buy the archos 4.3, if you love all thing apple buy the ipod touch, if you like good games, movies, music, tv shows and comics with some internet buy the go
Sleek and shiny gadgetry compared to DS
by tysonwritesel on May 23, 2010
Pros: Nice visualizer
Marketed as a digital drive
Fair video selection on PSN
Cons: UMDs go elsewhere
Summary: The alternative option to Pokemon for your handheld of choice.
Summary: The alternative option to Pokemon for your handheld of choice.
by denton_lewis on April 2, 2010
Pros: The biggest feature to the system its self is the new slide feature that hides the control buttons. It also has 16GB internal memory which is a good amount, but it can also hold an additional 16 by micro sd. It also has bluetooth and is a bit quicker
Cons: You can not use any of your previous umd games in the new system, the usb cord is not the same, the memory stick used is different so you can not use the card from the previous model. The screen is smaller and the system is a finger print magnet.
Summary: It is a unique device with many new and cool features such as the pause game play, which alllows you to pause a game instead of just quiting it all ...
Summary: It is a unique device with many new and cool features such as the pause game play, which alllows you to pause a game instead of just quiting it all together giving you the chance to come back to it and continue where you left of. The bluetooth giving you the option to use wireless headsets and the option of hooking up a wireless ps3 controler to play games instead of the onboard controls. The screen and entire system is still unfortunately a finger print magnet at least for the black one, not so much the white one. And every thing is done through the usb adapter which is different from the other models. It also has no way of getting you current games on to the new system which means that you have to purchase them from the playstation store, but this may change. Another thing is that you can not get all of the games on the system yet but that is changing. Another thing is that you need internet to get any content on it at all, which is a bummer for those who have no way of getting internet to the device, but there is another way to do this with bluetooth to the psp from a phone you can get internet to the device which is awsome when you want to get internet on the road. Speaking of the road you do not have to remember if you have the umd disks or not because every thing is internal. All together a great device as its size is much lighter and smaller than the previous models and with all of the new features it makes it just that much better. But it would help if there were a way to get all of your games to the device without having to buy them all over again.
good...but not good enough
by wushu2004 on March 4, 2010
Pros: Small form factor, less moving parts, ample amount of storage.
Cons: Not backwards compatible, no duel analog, proprietary connector, Sony M2 cards the norm.
Summary: Great for new PSP owners who have no game library established, but older PSP owners will find a hard time to upgrade to the Go, and shelling out more money ...
Summary: Great for new PSP owners who have no game library established, but older PSP owners will find a hard time to upgrade to the Go, and shelling out more money for games they already own.
A neat re-design with a few flaws.
by Jletourneau12 on October 31, 2009
Pros: *Crisp display.
Cons: -Battery life is way too short.
-The analog stick is awkwardly placed.
-Difficult to find/use buttons.
-16 GBs fills up very quickly.
Summary: This is a fantastic product. If you are looking to find a replacement for a PSP that uses UMDs then I could certainly recommend this product to you. Unfortunately, if ...
Summary: This is a fantastic product. If you are looking to find a replacement for a PSP that uses UMDs then I could certainly recommend this product to you. Unfortunately, if you have a large library of UMDs then this may not be for you (there is no way to get UMD media onto a PSP Go). The design is much better than the PSP 1000 - 3000 series of PSPs. Though, if you have any intentions of using this device for longer than two or three hours at a time, then you might find yourself becoming frustraited with the amount of recharging you'll do. Also, if you play any games that require the use of the analog stick, you may find yourself having to place your thumb in an awkward position. Finally, if you intend on playing many games, you might become dumbfounded at the amount of time it will take to download a game off of the Sony network. In all seriousness, it may take a good 120 minutes to download a game (Gran Tourismo for PSP took 200 minutes). The best remedy for this is to download your games off of the Playstation network from your PC (Mac users unfortunately need not apply). On one final note: The 16 GBs of flash memory you have at your disposal will be filled very quickly, especially if you have any inclinations of adding media to your PSP (i.e. Music, Pictures, Movies, ect.) This PSP is escentially meant to play your games, and your games ONLY. If you have access to micro SD or even have the money for an iPod touch or phone it is highly advisable that you go with those devices. Other than the limited storage and battery, the PSP Go gets a lot of things right. I would definitely recommend it if you're interested in a new, more compact portable gaming device with some power.
The PSPgo Is great! i would recommend to anyone
by PoofyPoofman on October 9, 2009
Pros: The sliding action is very nice the analog stick looks like its in an awkward position but when you hold it and play a game its actually very nice
Cons: The M2 memory card they should of kept the old one
Summary: Great product sony should sell a nice amount of them
Summary: Great product sony should sell a nice amount of them
Psp go the slickes lighthes psp yet!
by lil-yankee on October 6, 2009
Pros: 16 internal memory, m2 slot for added memory,screen is smaller but sharper, audio is superb, design is slicker,bluetooth connectivity and wifi, and is soooo light!!
Cons: Very expensive for what you get, controls are a bit misplaced, specially the analog cramps my fingers, downloading games takes a bit too long, could have used a touch screen and the exchange of mini usb for proprietary connectors isnt a plus either
Summary: After placing it in my hands i immediately started looking for the battery because it felt so light but soon after remembered that it was not removable. I was awed ...
Summary: After placing it in my hands i immediately started looking for the battery because it felt so light but soon after remembered that it was not removable. I was awed by the weight and then after by the screen. Although the screen is a bit smaller, i like it better than the psp 3000 and all psp's in between. Because although psp go has a smaller screen, it keeps the same resolution and thus achieves a crispers level of detail that many reviewers fail to mention. aside from that, other tweats such as the inclusion of bluetooth for pairing with pheriferals and to thether with mobile phones is a great plus. The audio quality achieved walkman ranks this time arround and that's short for exellent.I was a bit disapointed that no headphones were in the package since this is so expensive, and yeah, so expensive.
Updated on Oct 6, 2009
I thought downloading games took a bit longer than i expected given that they were 1g and took about 15 minutes and then 5 to install, where as a movie the same size takes about 9 minustes; hope sony ramps up their servers.
In short psp go is for people who currently DONT HAVE A PSP and dont mind paying a bit too much for portability. If you already have a psp you should not get a psp go unless you need to have the absolute latest.
This is not to say the psp go isnt a good device, i think it is great, not that much better than a psp 3000 which is also a great gaming device, and therefore not really worth close to 300. I will say that this psp will undoubtly be lowered to $199 and the 3000 will be lowered to $149...... just in time for christmas.
Hope my review helps you make a choice and feel free to comment if you need any other details.
Updated on Oct 9, 2009I have to burn sony for this one, need to get it off my chest.
WHY DOESNT THE PSP HAVE A DECENT (at the very least) BROWSER?
THIS BROWSER IS BASICALLY AN HTML EMULATER AT BEST and it is very boring sony. At least let us have the ps3's browser on the psp. I know you dont have safari (not even going to mention that other one (IE)) but come on.....
If someone likes to surf the internet, and play casual, then ipod touch, sony psp only for hardcore gamers and probably music audiophiles.
PSP go is a gaming system made more for casual gaming
by albertrico2007 on October 1, 2009
Pros: new layout + smaller design (pocket friendly)
PSP GO Says: screw you UMD!
white design helps with finger prints
better connection w/ps3
awesome amount of games for this year and next!
Cons: smaller screen (not by much)
not second analog stick
Summary: The PSP Go is a great device for newcomers to the psp franchise, but the owner of a previous psp will not consider it for it's price and few ...
Summary: The PSP Go is a great device for newcomers to the psp franchise, but the owner of a previous psp will not consider it for it's price and few advantages. The black psp is a firger print magnet, but you can opt for the white one which is supposed to be better. same graphics is a shame, but it's still the powerhouse of handeld gaming. Overall the psp go is a great system, but it's just evolutionary.
PSP Go - Simply Put, its not for everyone
by That Dude Curtis on October 12, 2009
Pros: 16GB Flash Memory
Built in Bluetooth
Best PSP Screen to date
Most portable PSP ever
Cons: Non user replaceable battery
Doesn't break compatibility with past devices: No Touch Screen or Dual Analog
PSN support is some what lacking right now
Summary: When I original purchased a PSP 1000 in 2006, I did so because I was looking to get an MP3 player, and I felt if I was going to spend ...
Summary: When I original purchased a PSP 1000 in 2006, I did so because I was looking to get an MP3 player, and I felt if I was going to spend a couple hundred, maybe it would be smart to look into getting one that did other things including play game. Well guess what? Its 2009 now and two PSPs later (1000 then a 2000), I own an iPOD. Why? Because while I love the gaming on the PSP, the 1000 and even the 2000 models were much too large to effective be an MP3 player. I mean you can really jog well with the old PSP. Then from a portable media perspective, because the system was reliant on the Memory Stick Pro Duo, It couldn?t effective store as much music as I would like.
Now this brings us to the PSPGo, which in terms of design is a dream, especially if you experienced the same issues as I did. The size of the unit has been decreased substantially to now when closed its slight longer than a deck of cards, or just a little bit larger than an iPHONE or iPOD Touch. Sony decided to incorporate a sliding screen that hides the gaming controls, similar there own Mylo device or a lot of high end Pocket PC Smartphones. The unit feels great in your hand, and is so much easier to carry around. A lot of people have complained in the past about how they don?t carry their PSP because they have to ?think? about it. That is no longer an issues with the Go, for the most part I find myself carrying it, without even thinking about it. The best thing I can tell you about the size is this, with my Go in one pocket, and my smartphone in the other, I could not tell which was which, and grabbed my Go to make a call. That is something that would NEVER happen with the old PSPs, unless you had a Zack Morris Saved By the Bell Phone.
There are some negatives for this size reduction that might be a deal breaker depending on who you are. First the screen has decreased from 4.3 to 3.8. Now while this decrease ends up only being 1cm or so, some people take issue with it. For the most part, while you can tell the screen is smaller if you?re familiar with the past PSPs, it?s not much of a different. It?s almost like comparing a 40? HDTV to a 37?. Sure the owners of the 40? can tell the difference but it?s not a huge difference.
But the good thing is, the screen is the best PSP screen to date. Basically it has the brightness and color levels of the 3000 without the interlacing, and without the ghosting of the 2000.
Next the buttons on the unit. The buttons are actually a slight bit smaller and have a new layout that parallels Sony?s own Dual Shock 3 Controller with the D-Pad and analog stick placement. If you're used to using the normal PSP, this new button layout may take some getting used to, but once you do it feels just as natural if not better.
The only issues some might have with the buttons are the following: The D-Pad now sits lower, so if you're a fighting game fan, while its better than the PSP 1000 was, its not as good as the 2000/3000 models. Next is the placement of the L and R buttons. To me, the felt at little weird at first, and they don't seem to fit your hand placement as naturally as the old PSP, but for the most part they work well and I no longer have problems. For those with larger hands, do not worry. You shouldn't have any problem with the Go, I had more hand cramps on my normal PSP then I have had in my play sessions with the Go.
The Go has built in Wifi and Bluetooth for all your networking needs. With Wifi you can connect to the internet for gaming, or just simple web browsing. You can also connect to a PS3 for remote play, which will allow you to control and game on your PS3 via the PSP. Bluetooth is a welcome addition and one of the main reason I was excited about the Go. With Bluetooth you can connect to a headset for gaming or Skype calls, you can connect to a PS3 controller for gaming, and you can tether to a cellphone for downloading and surfing when Wifi isn't available. Connecting to a PS3 controller is a lot cooler than I thought it would be, when in use it even unlocks the multiplayer features of PS1 games. So you can easily connect your Go to the TV, then connect your controller for a console like experience.
For multimedia the Go's 16GBs of one board flash memory plus the option for additional expansion through the M2 make it a beast. Currently on my Go I have 28 Games (20 PSP, 2 Minis, 6 PS1), 18 Albums, 2 Movies, 6 TV shows, and a few pictures, and I STILL have over 1GB of memory left, and I still can add an M2 if I want. The Go is flexible enough to were I can truly replace my iPOD and PSP with one device, that incredibly portable.
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- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: PSP98514
- Description: Expanding the PSP universe, PSPgo is the smallest, lightest PSP yet.Which means it's now even easier for you to play great games, listen to your favorite music, watch videos, view photos, surf the Internet and chat with friends on the move. Plus, with Bluetooth 2.0 technology now added to the mix, PSPgo also retains its critically acclaimed Wireless features including Ad Hoc Mode (direct PSP to PSP Wireless connection), Infrastructure Mode (PSP to Wireless local area network (WLAN) connection), Remote play (PSP to PS3 Wireless local area network connection) and Game Sharing, which allows you to share specific game features between two PSP systems. Never has there been so much power in your pocket. PSPgo has a brand new look that's perfect for slipping into your pocket when you're on the go. The system's stylish slide open design reveals the familiar PSP button layout and feature set - complete with analog stick and built-in microphone. PSPgo is now the ultimate portable PlayStation gaming system.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Type Handheld game console
- Software Included Skype
- Media Type Flash memory card
- Supported Flash Memory Cards Memory Stick Micro (M2)
- CPU 333 MHz
- RAM 64 MB
- Sound Speakers - Stereo
- Network Bluetooth 2.0 EDR,
- Integrated Components Microphone
- Width 5 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 2.7 in
- Weight 5.6 oz
- Color Pearl white
- Type 3.8 in Color TFT active matrix
- Resolution 480 x 272
- Color Depth 16.7 million colors
- Controls Left trigger,
- Connector Type Headphones,
Composite video output
- Battery Rechargeable - Lithium ion
- Included Accessories AC power adapter,
Specs: Sony PSP Go - Handheld game console,
Flash memory card,
64 MB - Integrated,
480 x 272
Specs: Sony PSP Go - Handheld game console,
Flash memory card,
64 MB - Integrated,
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