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Go PSP Go!

White PSP Go

I received a Pearl White PSP go as an early Christmas gift. This hand-held game is just slightly wider than a point-and-shoot digital camera. It is attractive and operates similar to the PS3 console. The “go” comes with 16GB of Flash Memory with expandable memory space through the Sony M2 media stick (sold separately).

The main difference between the PSP go with the previous version of PSP is that there is no UMD slot. All media are managed by the built-in Media go software. Games, music, and videos are downloaded from the PlayStation store to the Flash Memory-drive. To do this, you must sign up for a PSN (PlayStation network) account. Your purchases are stored on your PSN account. To be safe, you can also save a copy of your (purchased) downloads to your M2 media stick.

The content is also user-assigned. That means that all the content installed on the device will only work with the user account that purchased the game. When another user signs on to the device, those games will not work. This also means that you cannot trade or resell your games. Nor could you install any game that it is not currently offered by the PlayStation store. If you resell your go, you might as well reset to the factory default. All the games loaded on your go is worthless to the subsequent owner; unless they keep your PSN account.

However, the device can be connected to your Mac or PC and enables you to access the files and folders just like an iPod. You can drag videos (.mp4 and .avi), pictures, and music into their respective folders. There is an internal folder for the themes (.ptf) and for games. I haven’t tried it, but I suppose if you can obtain digital copies that it may be possible for you to install games through this method. But then you may run into the aforementioned issue of user account access.

The go slides out to reveal the controller (much like a sliding qwerty keyboard on a mobile phone for texting). While this design allows the go to be more compact compared to the previous generations of PSP, it is harder on the hands, however. (Try playing Soul Calibur all night long, your thumbs and hands will be sore and cramped for the next 24 hours. Fortunately, your hands will eventually adjust to the controller and the cramping will diminish.) The smaller size also means a smaller screen; but the graphics is crisper than previous generations.

I do love my Christmas present. It’s the perfect gift for newbie gamers. For serious gamers, the regular PSP would be easier on the joints, digits and pocketbook. Lastly, for the $249 price tag (taxes not included), the PS3 is a better buy.

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