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PSP Go! Review
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Written by Luis Rocha   
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http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:yAtt1ymQ_RVwWM:http://www.ibtimes.com/data/blogs_editor/slashgear/psp_go-480x362.jpgIt’s been dubbed as “Sony’s worst kept secret” and has been condemned by most hardcore gamers. It’s been heralded as the future of gaming and reserved in advanced by yours truly. Sony’s latest iteration of their Playstation Portable certainly is a mixed bag in every sense of the word. Will the sleek, sexy, and game-changing new piece of hardware live up to the hype and usher in a new way to acquire games? Or will it suffer a proverbial belly-flop thanks to skeptical gamers? Let’s find out what this reviewer thinks after the jump.


Product by: Sony

Price: $249.99

Closer Look

Features:
    •    Ultra-portable design
    •    43% smaller than the original PSP® and no discs to carry
    •    16 GB of Flash Memory
    •    Sleek, slide screen design easily fits into your pocket
    •    Multimedia capabilities including music, photos, videos, internet browsing, Skype™, internet radio and more
    •    Available in black or white

Specifications:
Size & Weight
    •    Approximately 128 mm (W) x 69 mm (H) x 16.5 mm (D)
    •    Approximately 158g
Memory
    •    64MB main memory
Flash Memory
    •    16GB
Display
    •     3.8 inch, 16:9 full transparent type
    •     TFT drive
    •    480 x 272 pixel
    •    Approximately 16,770,000 million colors displayed
Sound
    •    Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input / Output
    •        * Wi-Fi (802.11b)
    •        * Bluetooth
    •        * USB2.0
    •        * Memory Stick Micro M2
    •        * Microphone
Main Connectors
    •     Multi-functional connector
    •     Headset jack (stereo mini jack)
Key / Switches
    •    Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
    •     Analog Stick
    •    Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
    •    START button, SELECT button, PS button
    •     POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch
    •     Display button, Sound button

Testing:



Conclusion:


In the world of gaming there’s two types of people. There’s the hardcore gamer who spends most of his day, money, and spare time on video games. This type of gamer has an extensive library of games and has a very purist mentality. Then there’s the casual gamer who owns a system or two and plays when time permits. This product best caters to the casual gamer who is also a digital consumer. iPhone users who are very used to having their apps stored in flash memory will best be able to appreciate the PSP Go’s new technology.

This reviewer, who is a casual gamer, loves his PSP Go. It makes life easier by not making you carry games around and having an easy to carry form factor. Gadget enthusiasts who love having the latest and greatest toys won’t mind paying the price premium. I personally am  willing to sacrifice the ability to trade and buy used games in order to not have to carry them around anymore. Like I said, it’s a mixed bag and it’s up to you to decide what’s best. As for me, I’m in love. 

Pros
    •    First PSP to comfortably fit in your pocket
    •    Better screen resolution than previous PSP
    •    Great multimedia functionality
    •    Built in 16GB of memory fits about 15 games
    •    More comfortable to use than one would think
    •    No more clunky UMD’s!
Cons
    •    No physical games mean no trading-in or buying used
    •    Media Go is Windows only
    •    Third-party companies not required to digitally release games
    •    Black unit is a fingerprint magnet
    •    No matter how you slice it the price is still ridiculously high
 

 

 


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