After providing a reasonably solid attempt at a handheld gaming solution with the PSP, Sony is taking another swing at those who have to take their games on the go. Geared towards digital content, the PSP Go debuted at E3, but only after Sony’s own video magazine leaked the story.
There have been many changes from the PSP 3000, but Sony has made sure that it is backwards compatible with previous software. However, you will not be able to use your UMD (Universal Media Disc) because the drive has been removed. It has been replaced by a built-in 16 GB flash drive with the ability to expand via Memory Stick Micro (m2).
The move from UMDs to digital media is supported by a partnership with eMusic for DRM-free tracks and a revamp of the online PlayStation Store, where games and movies are available for download. Add to this the release of Sony’s software called Media Go, a much more robust and useful replacement for Media Manager. You can see that the company is making a great deal for our portable gaming vote.
Other good things about the update include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections. The really neat thing about Bluetooth is that we should be able to use our Bluetooth headphones and speakers with the Go, and maybe, just maybe, we can connect a PS3 controller. Don’t take my word for it.
According to rep John Koller in the leaked video, Bluetooth will also allow the PSP Go to connect to a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. While he didn’t say exactly what this could be used for, there is the ability to browse the Web or play online games via the connected phone when a Wi-Fi connection isn’t available.
There are a few things that would เว็บแทงบอล have made a lot of PSP users sit up and realize that were sadly not added. We’ve all lamented the lack of a second analog stick, and sadly we will continue to do so. A touch screen is also missing, so there will be very few iPod conversions in my opinion. As for the screen size, it was reduced to 3.8 inches from 4.3.
All in all, the success of Go, in my opinion, is totally up in the air. Sony may get PSP 2000/3000 users excited enough to upgrade, and they may get new iPods that miss real controls for their games. Whether this will give Sony a bigger slice of the mobile gaming niche, or be overshadowed by the iPod and iPhone, remains to be seen.