The new PSP – PSP Go!

There is a tsunami of news about the new PSP that Sony is going to release later this year. News and photos were leaked in the Internet and it quickly caught every gadget site’s attention. Articles and speculations were posted here and there. More information is expected to be rolled out on E3 2009 on June 01.

So far here are the “confirmed” specs:

Smaller Screen – 3.8 inches compared to the PSP’s 4.3 inches.

Memory – it has a huge 16GB onboard flash memory. Plus additional memory card support. No more UMD – Sony dumped the widely unpopular disc. Most content will be direct downloads to the device.

Connectivity – Sony added Bluetooth support in addition to Wi-Fi capabilities. It is also said it will be able to connect to mobile phones for Internet access via Bluetooth when Wi-Fi is not available.

Form – It is a horizontal slider and not a standard bar form. Its smaller and lighter – 43% lighter than the PSP-3000.

Controls - The analog control is gone. It will use a standard, 4-way directional control with the four PlayStation buttons on the right. Home button is on the left side of the screen.

Already I can see some problems with the new PSP. Will the smaller screen satisfy the PSP fans? Smaller is not necessarily better. The slider mechanism, mostly with the ribbon, poses wear and tear problems for mobile phones. Will this be the same with the PSP Go? And the form is just not that sleek as the PSP.

Ending on a positive note, the PSP Go! promises excellent games like the new installments of the legendary Metal Gear Solid and Gran Turismo series.

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