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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

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Comments (21 posts)

PS3addict
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 10:56:59 AM
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As long as I can put custom firmware on it to play my old school games, I may pick one up. I have been hesitating for a while since I keep hearing that a new PSP2 is coimng out. No, I do not want to steal games, I want to play my old school favorites.
I already have the emulators and games ready, I just need a portable device to play them on.

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The Stig
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 3:10:29 PM

Im sure Sony will do everythin they can to stop people hacking it.

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Gregory Freeman
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 5:42:04 PM

For Shame >: ( If U Love Sony, You Would Never Hack Their PSP!

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N a S a H
Saturday, May 02, 2009 @ 7:07:36 PM

If you love Sony, you'd never download games for it.

I don't think they mind if you play Homebrew on it.

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HappyMurloc
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 12:03:02 PM
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I wish they would do away with MemorySticks though.
There's so many flash formats, and even MemoryStick has gone through a few iterations.
I don't think memoryStick is even a good brand at this point. People call flash drives and RAM modules "memory sticks"
So, a couple of microSD slots or some other technology that is widely available would be a better option, I think.
This is like floppy evolution once again: if you fight with your format for too long, you might win just before the technology is abandoned altogether.

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AnonymousPoster
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 12:18:51 PM
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No physical game media = no purchases from me.

If this is what the future holds for portables, I'll stick to consoles, and the PSP backlog. I don't shell out cash for air. And with the entire market changing every 5-10 years, I'm not willing to see my purchases disappear as soon as Sony decides they don't like whatever distribution system they're using.

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Qubex
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 10:03:51 PM

But KabutoHunter; physical media will not exist in 10 years time... you know this to be true... for both consoles and PSP6 Run...

Q!

"i am home"

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AnonymousPoster
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 @ 4:41:29 PM

When that happens, I stop gaming. Or more specifically, I become a retro gamer.

Even so, 10 years to no-media is a joke. The infrastructure is not in place for that sort of massive digital distribution, and broadband penetration is still pitifully low in the US at even basic 768k speeds. Hell, we still have NetZero around, peddling 56k as an alternative to broadband. 56freakin'K!

10 years goes by in no time, and mass-market digital-only hardcore games will still be little closer to a reality. We're not talking about little iPhone time-wasters.

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city96
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 1:24:19 PM
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This is annoying, there are never any breathtaking announcements at conferences because rumors are mostly right.

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crump602
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 2:42:22 PM
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don't think it will happen, they wouldn't make everyone get a new mem stick would they!?

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The Stig
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 3:11:50 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Gregory Freeman
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 5:46:19 PM

thats like asking "M$ Wouldn't F**K Us Over By Selling Us Faulty SH!+, Would They!?"

lol in all seriousness, i agree with the stig... cash runs corporations... wherever the most profit can be made, you can find em there..

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crawdaddy
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 5:54:12 PM
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All of this is just what I have been trying to tell everyone all along, and I think some are beginning to see it. Sony does not care about you, or what you want. They think they know it all, and what gamers want. They are blinded by a need to satisfy shareholders, and to make a profit, which is okay because that is what company's do, but none of it is about you. They are going to design systems theway they want no matter what you want. They don't care if you can play your UMD games on the new system or not. They had rather you have to buy new games from them for it, just like they don't care if you can play your ps2 games on the ps3. They had rather you buy both systems. Sony is only about Sony, and nothing else. It is all corporate, and the sooner you realize this truth, the better off you will be.

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 7:10:50 PM

Yes, UMD is and was a failure, but it's certainly not enough for you to go around saying, "sony does not care about you". You shouldn't be so quick to judgement. It honestly doesn't matter if they care about YOU, but if they can produce products that satisfy their customers. Keep in mind they ARE a company, not your mom/company.

I personally think it is good Sony is dropping UMD; it was a massive failure, and is something that shouldn't be continued with any longer. What they should do, which is what I am hoping they are doing, is to make sure this new format is going to last longer than UMD. They made the right call with the ps3, regarding Blu ray; they should also make the right call for the PSP Go!

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crawdaddy
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 7:40:58 PM
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@bugzbunny109: I have a psp original release, and I have never had any problem with UMD, so I don't see how you can claim it is such a failure, and I,as millions of others who own several UMD games,don't want to lose the ability to play these games if I wanted to buy a new psp for other new features, or just had to replace the one I have because it dies. I see many other comments by others on this site about not wanting to lose the UMD. Is Sony listening to these people. Also I am 56 and have been a mechanical design engineer most of my life, and have sit in many corporate meetings about product designs, and the bottom line is satisfying shareholders, and profits, and not that the customer wants this feature or that feature. Sony is a major worldwide company with many shareholders in countries around the world, and satisfying shareholders comes way before satisfying customers. I gurantee you it is not about what you want!!!!!!

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Dingodial
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 9:11:08 PM

Sometimes Sony does stuff that some of us don't understand. But try comparing Sony to Microsoft or Nintendo.

M$ won't even replace your xbox 360 if it screws up (after your limited warranty expires). M$ also looses reliability with every new game system/windows OS that they release.

Nintendo stopped giving the DS any backwards compatibility for gameboy-games (I'm talking about the new DSi). Also, nintendo creates a new controller design with every new system that they come out with (wii can't play Gamecube games unless you have a gamecube controller).

After you compare Sony to the other 2 companies above, you will notice why Sony is still a great company that cares about their customers.

1. Sony keeps the same controller design with every new system that they create.

2. Sony's reliability gets better with every new thing that they create (not just with video games)

3. Sony is the only company that offers FREE ONLINE PLAY!

4. Sony ALWAYS admits when they are wrong about something. When something goes wrong with the PS3/PSP, Sony is usually the quickest company to do something about it.

5. Sony spends their time wisely when they are designing a new game system. When M$ designed the Xbox 360, they didn't take the time to fix the Red Ring of Death before selling their system to the public. But when Sony designed the Playstation 3, they took the time to fix all the Blu-ray drive glitches that it had, BEFORE they started selling it to the public.

Sony still cares about their customers. If you would just read Ben's article, you will notice that the reasons why Sony is abandoning UMD is because it is SLOW, NOISY, AND IT ISN'T ENERGY EFFICIENT. If you ask me, UMD is also very fragile when compared to memory stick.

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 9:53:23 PM

UMD was an unsuccessful feature. Anyone you ask will tell you that. My question is, what do you expect Sony to do? Continue with an unsuccessful feature or start over with something better and far more efficient? Too bad for psp owners who still want to play their old UMD games. I still have my launch psp; I never liked the UMD feauture: it has limited space, makes a grating sound when being read by the laser, takes up too much battery power, and very little companies want to advocate it. Sony cant do anything, except introduce a new format THAT WILL LAST! It is better for Sony to move on; regardless, their consumers want it or not. You should be less concerned about weather Sony cares about it's costumers or not, but rather weather they produce at least adequate products for their customers or not. I am saying this with all the respect in the world due to your age; you are far older than me and have had more experiences, but I honestly feel you are wrong in thinking concerning this issue.

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bamf
Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 5:39:46 PM

I don't see UMD as a failure, because it was never a format to replace another format. It was created especially for the PSP to store your games on. Sony wasn't going to use a dvd disc now was they.

Nintendo got Panasonic to create a new format disc for the gamecube. Has anyone ever said that the cubes format was a failure?

As long there are good games coming out on the PSP on the UMD disc, UMD will comtinue to be successful as long as there are gamers buying it.

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Dingodial
Monday, May 04, 2009 @ 1:27:55 PM

Crawdaddy if you are really 56 years old then you better change your PSXextreme profile. It says that you were born in 1909. A.K.A. 100 years ago!

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Dingodial
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 9:19:22 PM
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I just hope that the new storage technology will be a little less expensive than memory stick duo. I know that the prices are still going down, but sometimes I feel like a complete looser when I look back at how much money I have to fork out every time I get a new memory stick (back in 2006, I payed $50 for my memory stick that only has 512 megabytes. Back in 2007, I payed the same price for my other memory stick that only has 1 gigabyte. An i-pod shuffle with that much memory costs the same price!)

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Qubex
Friday, May 01, 2009 @ 10:17:15 PM

Yes, it all adds up doesn't it. I for one do not have a PSP yet, but I have bought some storage over the years.... not much; but enough to have made me spend a few hundred bucks...

It hurts when looking back; especially as one of the 2GB memory cards popped out of my phone when I dropped it and was lost for ever... that was a waste :(

Q!

"i am home"

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