E3 2009: PSP Go! Officially Unveiled, Features And Price
And now, it's Kaz Hirai stepping to the stage and his big announcement can fit in his pocket. It's what he called the "worst-kept secret of E3:" the PSP Go!
It's a sleek little unit. It's "specifically designed for the digital lifestyle" and it will not replace the PSP-3000; Sony will continue to market both simultaneously. The PSP Go! is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original PSP-1000, and it features a 16GB internal flash memory, along with built-in Wi-Fi so users can download games and movies from the PlayStation Network. That slide-out feature reveals the controls and keeps the unit compact, and there's even a new memory stick micromedia port. There's also the announcement of Sense Me! for the PSP, which basically analyzes your music library and selects a playlist "based on your mood." Lastly, the PSP Go! is scheduled to hit store shelves in both North America and Europe on October 1; it will retail for $249.99 in the US and 249 Euroes across the pond. Lastly, Hirai makes a point of saying that Sony has drastically reduced the cost of development tools for the PSP: in fact, they've dropped the dev tool cost 80%, which means more designers have access to the ever-evolving handheld. That should boost third-party support!
Oh, and here comes Kazunori Yamauchi; guaranteed that he's gonna announce Gran Turismo for the PSP. Oh yes, here it comes...it be true!
6/2/2009 Ben Dutka