Release Date: 10/1/2009
UPC: 711719851301 (Black)
UPC: 711719851400 (White)
Introducing the smallest and mightiest PSP system yet. Download rich, immersive digital gaming or the best movies and TV shows saved directly to the ample 16GB hard drive. Browse the incredibly deep lineup of PSP gaming and movie content on PlayStation Network. Show off content via the ultra-crisp 3.8 inch LCD screen on the most portable PSP system yet.
- Unlike previous PSP models, the PSP Go does not feature a UMD drive, but instead has 16GB of internal flash memory to store games, video and other media. This can be extended by up to 32GB with the use of a Memory Stick Micro (M2) flash card.
- Unlike previous PSP models, the PSP Go's rechargable battery is not removable or replacable by the user.
- The unit is 43% lighter and 56% smaller than the original PSP-1000, and 16% lighter and 35% smaller than the PSP-3000.
- It has a 3.8" 480x272 LCD (compared to the larger 4.3" 480x272 pixel LCD on previous PSP models).
- The screen slides up to reveal the main controls. The overall shape and sliding mechanism are similar to that of Sony's mylo COM-2 internet device.
- The PSP Go features built-in wi-fi, but no longer uses a standard USB A-to-Mini-B cable common with many devices. A new proprietary multi-use connector is used for USB connectivity. A suitable USB cable will be included with the unit.
- The new multi-use connector allows for charging and USB similar to previous units, but also allows video and sound output with the same connector (with optional Composite AV cable and Component AV cable), unlike previous offerings which had TV OUT functionality on a separate port to the USB port.
- Sony will also be offering an optional cradle for charging and USB data transfer on the PSP Go, similar to previous offerings.
- The PSP Go adds support for Bluetooth connectivity, enabling the use of compatible Bluetooth headsets and tethering with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.
- This will also enable users to connect and play games using a Sixaxis or DualShock 3 PlayStation 3 controller or Bluetooth headset.
- Because the PSP Go does not feature a UMD drive, games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store. While other PSP models have included the ability to run games and demos downloaded from the PlayStation Store, the PSP Go is the first for which this is the only means of distribution.
- Currently there are three ways to access the PlayStation Store. The PSP Go can directly download to itself, or users can also download then transfer the games from a PlayStation 3 or the Media Go software on Windows based computers.
- All current downloadable PSP and PlayStation games available for older PSP models will be compatible with the PSP Go. Sony has also confirmed that all UMD based PSP games released after October 1, 2009 will be available for download, and a majority of older UMD-only games will also be downloadable at that time.
- A new section of the PlayStation Store will be available to all PSP owners (PSP and PSP Go). These games are under 100MB and a variety of developers will be contributing to the creation of "Minis". These games will be smaller, cheaper, and by download only which fit perfect with the PSP Go's UMD-less hardware. The Minis Section of the PlayStation Store will be available on October 1, 2009, the same day as the launch of the PSP Go. Fifteen games will be available at the launch and 50 are to be expected before the end of 2009.
- Expected PSP Minis included Tetris, Fieldrunners, Puzzle Scape, Alien Havoc, Sudoku, Pacman Championship Edition, Burn Zombie Burn 2D, Funky Punch, Breakquest, Melody Bloxx, and Championship Manager. Halfbrick will contribute four Minis: Echoes, Rocket Racing, Blastoff, and Zombies.