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Hands-on With the PSP Go

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-suitable-for-feet dept.

PlayStation (Games) 73

ANkleStrong writes "Sony Corp unveiled on Tuesday a smaller, lighter PlayStation handheld game device called the PSP Go, in a race to catch rival Nintendo in an intensely competitive mobile games arena." E3 attendees were able to take the new Sony handheld for a test drive, and more pictures and videos are now available. It's set to be released on October 1st, and will retail for $249. A new Resident Evil game is being designed specifically for the updated hardware, and Metal Gear Peace Walker is coming as well.

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$250? Owch... (4, Insightful)

nweaver (113078) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197689)

Once again Sony is probably overpricing the market. Sony would love to wipe the venerable DS off the face of the planet, but the DS is what, $130 or $180 for the DSi?

Re:$250? Owch... (2, Insightful)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197747)

Sony is asking for way more money than usual, same as usual. Nintendo will sell way more units, same as usual...

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197777)

Exactly, I want me a PSP 2000 or 3000. Only one reason Tekken 5 & 6.
But at least those are not 250$, jebus cripes, I really dislike Sony and there constant overpricing of things.
With the title selection and price tag a DS Lite looks a lot more tempting to Americans, Especially in this economy.
There is a reason why I became and XBro, and so late to the part to PS2 also.

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198351)

Exactly, I want me a PSP 2000 or 3000. Only one reason Tekken 5 & 6.
But at least those are not 250$, jebus cripes, I really dislike Sony and there constant overpricing of things.


Just got me a PSP 2000 for $120 from Dell the other day (seemed like a reasonable price to me). Showed up yesterday. But since I don't have a Memory Stick for it yet (waiting on a MicroSD->MSPro adapter from dealextreme), the only thing I can do with it is use Remote Play with my PS3. But that in itself looks like it'll be a really handy feature (nice to be able to control the tunes without needing to have the TV on).

Anyone have any suggestions for a few games I should get for it? It looks like the FW hacks for the most recent HW revisions are still in early stages at this point. Maybe I'll go down that road in another month or two...

Re:$250? Owch... (2, Informative)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198621)

Final Fantasy Tactics is probably one of my persona favorites. If you liked Syndicate, you can get it along with Mutant League Football on the EA Replay UMD.

I also liked Crisis Core, but a lot of people don't care for it.

I wasn't impressed at all by the Vallhalla Knights games.

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

Mursk (928595) | more than 5 years ago | (#28201871)

I've been playing Dead Head Fred. Picked it up at a bargain bin price and have been pretty happy with it. Good story and voice acting, but the load times kill it a bit. Could have been a great game with a few changes, but at least the price is right.

Re:$250? Owch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28213541)

Papaton, Gods of War, EchoChrome

Re:$250? Owch... (5, Funny)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197789)

The price would be OK if it played Blu-ray Discs.

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

xenolion (1371363) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197791)

Yep its a Sony product over priced again... Its a shame I was hoping that it would be around $150-180 and then I would think about buying it. $250 nope over priced again...

Re:$250? Owch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28197821)

Agreed. The only thing the Go has over the Vanilla PSP is bluetooth - huzzah, I guess? There was mention of being able to tether the Go to your phone, I'd be interested in seeing how that works out. But aside from that, the lack of added benefit will still run you an additional $80.

Sorry, Sony, but the price tag just shot this horse right out of the gate.

Re:$250? Owch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198027)

It also has 16 gigs of internal flash storage. A 16-gig Memory stick is goddamn expensive, though the earlier PSPs have the added benefit of being able to run Homebrew. It'll be a while before this one can do that, judging by the last model.

Re:$250? Owch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198297)

Not as expensive as one would think:

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MSMT16G-Memory-Stick-Mark2/dp/B0013AX2HO [amazon.com]

And that was just Google's first result. Less than $80. The Go still has me facepalming.

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

Kuukai (865890) | more than 5 years ago | (#28212659)

Right now on Amazon you can get a PSP-3000 [amazon.com] and 16GB Memory Stick [amazon.com] for $6.60 less than the PSP Go. By the time the thing actually goes on sale, that gap could widen to something more considerable. The screen is smaller, the UMD drive is gone, the only real features you're getting are smallness (is that a feature or a bug when it comes to the PSP?) and Bluetooth. According to their presentation they're not planning anything exclusive to it software-wise. It's probably a good purchase if and only if you want to use your PSP as your primary music player (the old one was kinda huge for that, and didn't have Bluetooth control/output). Otherwise, no...

Re:$250? Owch... (1)

cadrell0 (1418649) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200641)

The PSP Go has 16gig of internal memory. The 16gig iPod Touch is $299. I'm currently on the market for a new MP3 player. With the way it can integrate with my PS3 through Remote Play and decent library, the PSP Go is a contender.

What's in this device that's new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28197731)

So removal of UMD drive, adding 16GB of flash, use of smaller display, smaller packaging, cost-reduced internal hardware (CPU,GPU), cheaper RAM (just because prices drop over time) results in a device that is significantly more expensive.

Does this device have a faster CPU and GPU than the current PSP?

What does it add over the current PSP besides $10 worth of flash memory?

Re:What's in this device that's new? (2, Insightful)

tao (10867) | more than 5 years ago | (#28208843)

You know, at these sizes, a smaller display, with retained pixel count, means *more* expensive, not less. Higher DPI, you know, trickier to manufacture.

PSP Go? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28197741)

But, can it still play my rips of FF7-FF9/ANY ps1 game like my current PSP? (1001 w/ 5.02 m33 firmware). If not, Sony can PSPGO @#%& themselves.

Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197987)

But, can it still play my rips of FF7-FF9/ANY ps1 game like my current PSP?

Is it even legal to make copies of Sony's PS1 emulator for PSP using the "Popstation" tool?

(1001 w/ 5.02 m33 firmware).

But it appears the ChickHEN jailbreak [x-fusion.co.uk] doesn't work on 5.50 that comes on new PSP-3000 series units, nor does it run PS1 games. So people who want to get into PSP homebrew might have to rely on eBay for used PSP hardware.

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198075)

Is it even legal to make copies of Sony's PS1 emulator for PSP using the "Popstation" tool?

No, but who cares? If I buy a game, it's mine, and to hell with any shady license agreement that says otherwise.

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28199147)

who cares? If I buy a game, it's mine

But did you buy (or otherwise legitimately acquire) the emulator to run it?

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (4, Informative)

shadowmage45 (1568847) | more than 5 years ago | (#28199697)

POPS is built into the PSP core firmware/software package by Sony themselves. All modding the PSP does, is allow it to run unsigned code (read: ISOs of PS1 games). The PS1 games you buy from the Sony store are just repackaged ISOs with some information in the header/encryption. You're just using the hardware/software in a way that Sony doesn't like. I've never done it with a phone, but from what I've read, jailbreaking many phones is done to accomplish the same thing (running unsigned code). You paid for the hardware, you should be able to use it however you like.

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200437)

POPS is built into the PSP core firmware/software package by Sony themselves.

I wasn't aware of that; thank you for clarifying how Sony does things. I thought it was like Virtual Console on the Wii, where each game has its own emulator as part of the executable. N64 piracy involves "injecting" ROMs into a Virtual Console channel.

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28208815)

You paid for the hardware, you should be able to use it however you like.

Try modding that device in a way that doesn't comply with FCC regulations. You may think that you still should have the right to even break these rules, but I think you might have some angry people out to get you if you screw up somebodies pacemaker.

Re:Is 5.50 jailbroken yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28202545)

Don't care.

You mean the PSP Cartman? (5, Funny)

AuraSeer (409950) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197771)

Seriously, once you notice the resemblance it's impossible to see it as anything else.

http://gizmodo.com/5273445/psp-go-a-dead-ringer-for-south-parks-eric-cartman [gizmodo.com]

Re:You mean the PSP Cartman? (1)

secolactico (519805) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198087)

>Seriously, once you notice the resemblance it's impossible to see it as anything else.

I was about to call you out on this, and then I clicked the link. Now, all I'm saying is: "screw you guys, I'm going home"

Re:You mean the PSP Cartman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28201945)

Shut up, Jew.

Hands-on With the Goatse Man (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28197779)

ANkleStrong writes "Goat Corp unveiled on Tuesday a smaller, tighter Goatse anus called the Danica Patrick, in a race to catch rival Malda Corp in an intensely competitive mobile anus arena." E3 attendees were able to take the new Goatse handheld for a test drive, and more pictures and videos are now available. It's set to be released on October 1st, and will retail for $249. A new Slashdot Moderator anus is being designed specifically for the updated hardware, and kdawson version is coming as well.

Intensely competitive? (3, Informative)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197799)

Yeah... sure... if by, "intensely competitive," you mean that the DS / DSi are throttling all other handhelds.

LOL! Idiot... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28200325)

The PSP is now over 50 million units worldwide. And In Japan the PSP and DS models are neck and neck in weekly sales.

Keep your dimwitted mouth shut about crap you have no fucking clue about.

Re:LOL! Idiot... (1)

Darkinspiration (901976) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200755)

The PSP is currently 47.73 millions unit world wide, the ds ? 103.70 millions. So unless the PSP double sales it will never catch up.

Re:LOL! Idiot... (-1, Troll)

MediaStreams (1461187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28201379)

Let me guess...

You got that fake worldwide sales number from vgchartz.com?

Re:LOL! Idiot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28206429)

Let me guess...

You got that fake worldwide sales number from vgchartz.com?

Actually the official word from the latest fiscal report indicates something close to that

Re:LOL! Idiot... (1)

PayPaI (733999) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200809)

37k vs 27k? [vgchartz.com] That's a 27% difference, hardly neck and neck

vgchartz.com??? What a fucking retard (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28201345)

So you:

1. Did nothing to link to actual sales numbers in Japan

2. Made yourself look like a fucking moron by letting everyone know you go to a site run by a twenty year old Xbox fanboy who types fake sales numbers into his shitty little website.

What a loser.

Failed design is fail. (5, Interesting)

solios (53048) | more than 5 years ago | (#28197949)

The price tag is bad enough - but until I can flip a PSP closed to protect the screen and controls the way anybody can with any of the three models of the Nintendo DS, there's just no way in hell I'm going to waste my money on one of these.

I carry my DS in the hip pocket of my cargo shorts - it gets banged up, sat on, smooshed against the hull of the bus. It's spanged off of desks and doors, barstools and bannisters. And while the case is scraped and scratched (and mildly pulverized in one corner thanks to a FLYING LEAP the thing took onto pavement), the screens are still in working order and the machine continues to give me games on the go without complaint.

Sure, I could buy a screen protector or whatever for the PSP like I have for my iPod - but the only thing I've ever had to buy for my DS is games, and I prefer to keep it that way. If I'm gaming outside and it's raining, I just stick the thing in a ziplock bag.

As I see it, I'd be paying a hundred bucks more for the "privilege" of the screen getting scratched all to hell the second I stick it in the pocket with my keys... and it doesn't play any of my games. And I have a lot of DS and GBA games.

Sony may have owned the 32-bit generation of consoles, but they have yet to come up with anything compelling in the portable (or online) arena. Heck, the one friend of mine with a PSP uses it to run a Skype client. What does that say about the platform?

On a related note - when the first GBAs hit the market, they could play GB games. That was dropped with the DS, which could play GBA games. Now, finally, with the DSi, Nintendo has dropped the GBA capability (along with battery life, which is why when my DS gives out I'll be buying a DS Lite - or even another DS if I can find a new one. The DSL is a smidge too small for my hands). Nintendo has gone through several generations of handhelds and has maintained backwards compatibility with at least the first generation of each. Sony's on their second PSP and they've already dropped UMD - which screws over anyone who's paid good money for games that come on UMD media.

Clearly, they don't understand why Nintendo continues to dominate the market - only that they do. Kinda like Microsoft and Google - Sony, like Microsoft, seems to keep trying to take the lead, and every attempt is further and further proof that they just don't get it.

Re:Failed design is fail. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198257)

I carry my DS in the hip pocket of my cargo shorts - it gets banged up, sat on, smooshed against the hull of the bus. It's spanged off of desks and doors, barstools and bannisters. And while the case is scraped and scratched (and mildly pulverized in one corner thanks to a FLYING LEAP the thing took onto pavement), the screens are still in working order and the machine continues to give me games on the go without complaint.

You must have one of the original fat DS's, no way in hell a DS Lite would withstand that kind of punishment. My Lite's R button is non-functional and in several places around the hinges plastic has cracked or fallen off, and I carried that bastard around in a nice official Nintendo carrying case. This is from normal use. I'm hoping that the DSi will have better build quality.

Re:Failed design is fail. (1)

solios (53048) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198475)

Yeah, it's a DS Phat (as i've seen it spelled in some places). The Lite seems kinda dinky by comparison, honestly - though the screens are MUCH brighter and the battery life is apparently a lot longer.

My touch screen is starting to go a bit (the lower left quadrant can take multiple taps to register with a finger), and if you listen close you can hear the springs in the shoulder buttons - but otherwise, the thing functions fine. It just looks like it was dug out of a New Jersey ditch.

So it is only durable 'cuz you have a clunker? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28201725)

I have a psp-1000. It has withstood all sorts of abuse, and it doesn't need a screen protector. I just don't put it in the same pocket as my keys. duh.

Re:Failed design is fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198455)

If I'm gaming outside and it's raining, I just stick the thing in a ziplock bag.

Playing outside in the rain? Never again will I think of the DS as a system for casual players. That's hardcore!

Re:Failed design is fail. (2, Informative)

Pitr (33016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198997)

Actually, I believe this is their 4th version of the PSP, not their 2nd, which only goes to show that they're even further out of touch.

Re:Failed design is fail. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28199343)

Seeing as there are over 50 million PSPs in the wild, you may be surprised that a number of other gamers don't share your opinion. Hey, don't worry, get back to your girly "game" machine, with it's 1980s level of "gaming". Be quick though, your "pet" dog or horse might need feeding.

Re:Failed design is fail. (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200347)

No offence, but Sony's got a much better backward-compatibility track record than Nintendo.

Arguably backward compatibility has a lot more to do with your installed consumer base than anything else. If you count the number of Gameboy games that were on the market by the time the color or advance units were released, it would have been simply foolish to lose all those titles.

Sony on the other hand is obviously selling this product to people who don't yet have a PSP and several of the originally UMD-only games are available already on the PSN store to purchase as downloads already (and I'd expect a majority to make the transition in time).

Yes, if you have a classic PSP you'll want to replace it with another UMD-supporting PSP to play those games, or you can sell them and re-purchase the downloadable versions when you miss them. Yes, that's a pain. What did you do when you upgraded your SNES to your N64?

50+ Million PSPs vs Some Guy On Slashdot (2, Interesting)

MediaStreams (1461187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200359)

Over 50 million PSPs have been sold worldwide by Sony. But some guy on Slashdot says they don't know what they are doing...

Which one to believe?

Re:50+ Million PSPs vs Some Guy On Slashdot (0, Troll)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 5 years ago | (#28200783)

And Nintendo has sold double that worldwide with the DS.

Re:50+ Million PSPs vs Some Guy On Slashdot (0)

MediaStreams (1461187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28201249)

OK

Re:Failed design is fail. (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 5 years ago | (#28206387)

The PSP screen isn't fragile, it's tough. Some kind of weird hard plastic, rather reflective and it shows smudges easy, but it doesn't scratch easy.

Dead pixels more of a problem too (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28210075)

Having a large screen is a problem too, it's much harder to secure and absorbs more of the shock during a fall than the DS's screens, which is why 9/10 times you'll get dead pixels on a dropped PSP, and in the same situation the DS's screens will be fine.

Re:Failed design is fail. (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 5 years ago | (#28211339)

You have an over-priced mp3 player that could get scratched up. Yet you complain about a device that is a more sophisticated piece of hardware at a cheaper price being too expensive and unwilling to protect it like you would your iPod. Isn't that a bit hypocritical?

Maybe they do understand why Nintendo continues to dominate that market. So they target a different market with a different type of gaming portable. Yeah, their target audience is smaller given the price tag, but as long as they are making a profit, who the hell cares? Only fan boys care if something outsells the other.

Obviously not for kids. (3, Informative)

fhage (596871) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198059)

Sony is out of touch with the market. This thing wouldn't last a week in my kids hands. Toys should survive normal usage and the Go looks fragile . I think clamshell designs are more durable, and keep the screens from being broken or scratched when they're dropped out of the car onto concrete. Will it come in a pretty pink?. I think Sony is trying for the upscale, male geek, with lots of money. I'll pass.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28198379)

Clamshells are fragile. Every time you open them, you fatigue the LCD's flex ribbon cable.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28199119)

Obviously that is not universally true, or there would be a hell of a lot of DS's with nonworking top screens. There aren't.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

philpalm (952191) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198499)

Now if they allow You Tube to play via internet, that is an adult thing to do. Unfortunately Pro Duo memorysticks are out and you are required to buy micro memorystick. At least you can play videos and music like an adult.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (4, Informative)

smash (1351) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198601)

News flash: the average age of a gamer these days is 30.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

Waccoon (1186667) | more than 5 years ago | (#28207033)

Okay, grown-up kids, then.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

PeelBoy (34769) | more than 5 years ago | (#28283037)

I call BS on that number.

Not once have I ever been asked who I'm purchasing a game for (my 7 year old daughter, birthday presents for cousins, friends kids, etc).

Not once have I ever been carded when buying a game or asked for my age.

Not once have I ever seen or taken a survey asking me questions along these lines.

So where are they getting their numbers from?

How many kids do you know that don't play video games?

How many pre-teens, tweens and teens do you see taking survey's?

If the survey was done online, was it a site that pre-teens, tweens and teens surf often?

If the average gamer is 30 then why has Nintendo cornered the market with "kiddie" games?

You could point out how well M rated games sell, and I could point out a lot of parents who purchase those games for their teenagers.

Why does everybody on here always complain about all the young teens on x-box live and other online services?

If the average gamer was 30 wouldn't most the people on those services be 30 and not 14?

I could go on forever.

I bet there are as many kids from age 3 to 17 that play games as there are 18 to 32 year olds.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198665)

Wait, you think a $250 piece of electronics is a kids toy... and you call Sony out of touch? I have a PSP3000, and the screen, and everything else for that matter, is fine. I also keep it in a case when not in use (as my wife keeps her DS in a case too... which is handy when you want to play more than the one game current in the device).

As far as the "upscale male geek," maybe more hardcore gamers, because I think there are exactly zero games on the DS which interest me, but lots of money? The PSP I have cost 169. Why one with no moving parts and is smaller would cost more I can't imagine.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

flamingdog (16938) | more than 5 years ago | (#28199693)

You are the anomaly. I RARELY see anyone take the slightest bit of care of their smaller electronics, no matter the cost. It sounds absurd, but is observably true. There's a reason there are several thousand of each current revision of portable game system that are destroyed by poor care (broken in half, smashed to bits, scratched to the point of lunacy) on eBay at any given time. Then imagine how many were under warranty and were returned.

And technology costs more the more you shrink it.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28210639)

I RARELY see anyone take the slightest bit of care of their smaller electronics, no matter the cost. It sounds absurd, but is observably true.

Um, I really don't give a fuck what you SEE. Believe what you want, I don't care, and just because you see something different doesn't mean I'm an anomaly. It means you see what you want to see.

There's a reason there are several thousand of each current revision of portable game system that are destroyed by poor care (broken in half, smashed to bits, scratched to the point of lunacy) on eBay at any given time. Then imagine how many were under warranty and were returned.

Again, thanks for your observation... but it's meaningless.

And technology costs more the more you shrink it.

By that logic, my v3 razr should cost $500. Technologically speaking, the PSP Go so far sounds largely the same as the PSP, minus the UMD drive.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

flamingdog (16938) | more than 5 years ago | (#28217247)

I wasn't insulting you by saying you care for your electronics, tool. I was implying that you ARE NOT part of the unwashed masses that smash their own feces in to the keypads of the cell phones.

I'm just a computer engineer that repairs small electronics as a job, what the hell would I know? If anything, I should be mad at you for not being my customer. I guess all I can tell you is I SEE poorly cared for electronic devices ALL DAY LONG EVERY DAY, and I'm sure what passes through my hands is 0.00000000000000001% of the total devices in need of service.

Jerk.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28222071)

I wasn't insulting you by saying you care for your electronics, tool. I was implying that you ARE NOT part of the unwashed masses that smash their own feces in to the keypads of the cell phones.

I wasn't insulted by your comments; I was pointing out your mistaking your experiences for reality. You still don't seem to get it; you THINK that "unwashed masses that smash their own feces in to the keypads of the cell phones," but you offer no evidence this actually is the norm. Most people I see take great care not to damage their expensive electronics... simply because they are expensive. Of course, that's just my experience as well.... but it seems that the more expensive an item is, the more care is taken of it. It also makes sense... but until there's been some study either way, we're both just speculating, which is fairly useless.

I'm just a computer engineer that repairs small electronics as a job, what the hell would I know? If anything, I should be mad at you for not being my customer. I guess all I can tell you is I SEE poorly cared for electronic devices ALL DAY LONG EVERY DAY, and I'm sure what passes through my hands is 0.00000000000000001% of the total devices in need of service. Jerk."

Ya, exactly. You're in an exteremely poor place to make any kind of conclusion... you ONLY see the people that broke their phone. Ask a funeral home, and I'm sure they'll tell you people are dropping like flies. It's just like googling for negative feedback; the ones most likely to post anything are the people with a bad experence... so results are skewed negative. That much at least has been proven, and if you've been on /. long enough, you would have seen that story, and wouldn't have bothered posting your experiences.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

flamingdog (16938) | more than 5 years ago | (#28226745)

Oops, I almost typed up a real response with some actual numbers before I checked your previous comments on other threads to see you're just trolling and real discussion is pointless. My bad!

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#28227381)

Somehow I doubt you have any real numbers; that's always the cope out here, "oh you're a troll." Well at least your consisent; judging someone by 24 out of 5000 posts that happens to have an Excellent karma rating.

But please, if you read this post your numbers. Or for that matter, please explain to me why I should pay for someone else's healthcare. Regardless of how I worded it, that's the heart of the matter (and the wording comes from being annoyed that I'm already paying too much in taxes and people want to steal more from me).

Re:Obviously not for kids. (2, Interesting)

flamingdog (16938) | more than 5 years ago | (#28199621)

THANK YOU SONY!!!!!

I fix video games for a living, and Sony has made great plans to keep me in business. This thing looks like it could quite possibly be the most fragile system ever. Adults can't use sliders without breaking them, and Sony wants to give them to teenagers and children that will throw them in backpacks with textbooks.

Taking clamshell durability versus slider durability, then comparing to the rate of user destruction of clamshell systems would imply that without a carrying case or protective hard cover used constantly for storage, these things are just simply doomed. I don't see how a single one can survive on its own. I imagine the fish that are presents for the little girl in Finding Nemo.

I hope they've already started working on the logistics of handling millions of warranty returns and repairs at once. Microsoft may be able to provide some advice on that front.

RE: AC below commenting on flex ribbons wearing out: I don't think I've seen more than one or two (out of several thousand) ribbons in a clamshell system that have just "worn out." They do break easily, but only once the actual case or hinges are broken, or if someone was tampering with the internals. Even the few that were "worn out" appeared to have worn out because there was a ton of dirt and debris inside the areas where the moved around, adding to the wear. They are simply not the fault point on their own or through normal use.

Re:Obviously not for kids. (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 5 years ago | (#28206415)

The PSP isn't designed for kids, people don't buy them for kids they buy them for themselves. It's a game playing, photo viewing, music playing, video playing, remote playing, RSS reading, web browsing, skype capable, internet radio playing machine. It can also take photos itself, and serve as a GPS device as well, but those addons have not been released in the NTSC U/C territory....bastards.

The PSP may look fragile, I remember people saying how the PSP-1000 looked so fragile that they were afraid of breaking/scratching it, but it's not.

As for pink, there was a pink model, but you can't find it in stores. But you can always buy a pink skin for it. I want a Hello Kitty skin for mine.

UMD copy utility and PS3 slim (1)

mzs (595629) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198283)

Does anyone have any info yet about what is going to be done about buying UMD games and movies in stores and getting them onto the PSP Go?

Also there was nothing on the firmed-up rumors of an upcoming PS3 slim, does anyone have anything more concrete as well?

Re:UMD copy utility and PS3 slim (2, Interesting)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198449)

Does anyone have any info yet about what is going to be done about buying UMD games and movies in stores and getting them onto the PSP Go?

No info on that. But apparently from this point going forward, any new PSP game that's available as a UMD will also be available as a download. I'm sure a decent portion of the back catalog will get moved online also.

Re:UMD copy utility and PS3 slim (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 5 years ago | (#28198747)

That's good. Kind of sucks for people that already have a PSP, but it gives them a test platform for the PSP2 and a nice starting point for people with out a PSP already. I have to admit, if this thing was a little cheaper and able to be jailbroken, I'd be all over it. Hell, make it cheaper and I wouldn't even need to play emulators on it.

Re:UMD copy utility and PS3 slim (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28201083)

Does anyone have any info yet about what is going to be done about buying UMD games and movies in stores and getting them onto the PSP Go?

No info on that. But apparently from this point going forward, any new PSP game that's available as a UMD will also be available as a download. I'm sure a decent portion of the back catalog will get moved online also.

I think the problem with the PSP Go is that a custom firmware will suddenly make it a very useful device.

Right now, it's overpriced and useless - you'll have to re-buy your PSP games since there's no UMD drive to play your existing discs, it costs more than a regular PSP, and it takes the Memory Stick Micro memory. So now you have to use the even smaller memory stick format that costs more. And it makes those SD-to-Memory-Stick adapters useless since they won't fit.

Add a custom firmware so people can dump their UMDs and it'll suddenly have more value (save the memory format)...

Re:UMD copy utility and PS3 slim (1)

Bob of Dole (453013) | more than 5 years ago | (#28211731)

UMD games, they're going to let you rebuy them off their online store.

UMD movies, no one bought those so they can safely ignore that issue.

Spread too thin? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28199149)

Currently Sony has such a complex line of products, virtually none of them leaders of their segment, that you can't help but wonder if they have completely lost their bearings. Perhaps a re-invention of the company, a la Steve Jobs when returning to Apple, would allow them to cut the dead wood and refocus on a few areas where they can be again undisputed kings. As it is right now, however, every new launch seems like another (overpriced) dead horse.

New hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28199651)

A new Resident Evil game is being designed specifically for the updated hardware,

Let me guess: one cross, 8 buttons (triangle, square, circle, x, L1, R1, Select & Start), and one damm f****ing placed analog stick and one screen. I guess that's the same hardware as PSP Classic & Slim.

Another thing would be if the game is designed to run "only" in PSP Go... that's another question.

The PSP isn't a DS competitor... (1)

Monstr (31035) | more than 5 years ago | (#28205389)

And there's the flaw with this comparison. Sony is not comparing the PSP Go to a DS. It's probably more in line with a ipod touch, if anything.
The DS is what you buy your kids. The PSP Go is what you buy yourself.

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