PSP Go! To Use New Storage Tech?
By now, people are starting to assume that Sony's PSP Go! is indeed a reality, and we're already starting to find "inside evidence" to support the theory.
Some sources are even talking about the fresh new way the handheld will handle memory and software; how the new storage technology will be quicker, quieter and even more reliable than the current UMD format. Take, for example, this article at PCWorld that shows the cooperative effort of SanDisk and Sony to produce "two expanded Memory Stick formats." Basically, we could be looking at something similar to the Memory Stick HG-Micro, only with a 60MB/s transfer rate, which is three times faster than the original Memory Stick Duo. It further outlines the drawbacks of UMD - especially when compared to this new storage tech - and among the complaints mentioned are that it's slow, noisy, and puts extra strain on the battery. Furthermore, PCWorld posits that the PSP Go! likely won't have dedicated internal flash memory, although we're still only operating on speculation without any official word from Sony. However, with 1Up and Kotaku swearing by its existence, and other sources claiming they've heard other "inside info" that confirms a new PSP model is indeed slated for later this year, it's difficult to ignore. Chances are, the PSP Go! will be announced at E3, and it will feature a touch screen, a new storage tech, and...well, no UMD. Sorry, the physical format may be out for good.
Sony has been saying that 2009 is "the year of the PSP." Initially, we thought they were only talking about software, but now, it seems they meant it in more ways than one...
5/1/2009 Ben Dutka