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Developers Have Extra Incentives For PSP Go "Minis"

The more we hear about it, the more we come to understand that the PSP Go is a very different breed in the handheld realm.

During Sony's press conference at GamesCom last week, they revealed what will be known as "Minis," which are small, "bite-size" software applications that come in under the 100MB limit. Clearly, these games rival the options iPhone owners have on the App Store, and we've heard the prices will also be similar. But as noted by GamerBytes, developers have more incentive to produce "Minis" for the PSP Go: Sony has revealed that designers won't be charged the normal PSN bandwidth fee for the Mini Service. Of course, given the size of these applications, it's not exactly a huge savings, but at least it's something. Furthermore, unlike WiiWare, there is no minimum sales goal developers have to hit before they get paid, and they can even choose their own release dates. In other words, Sony wants to give studios as much freedom and incentive as possible to produce as many "Minis" as possible...and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Some consumers still see the $250 PSP Go price tag as being a bit too high, but considering what you get for that, it's actually not a bad deal. Besides, just look at the full software that's coming! 'cough' MGS, GT 'cough'

8/24/2009 Ben Dutka

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CH1N00K
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 12:30:39 PM
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Do you suppose we'll see Apps like GPS apps and such that Apple has? OR will the Go be just a game only Handheld?

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EddPm6
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 1:30:16 PM

sat nav would be hard seeing as the psp doesnt have any GPS device installed.

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CH1N00K
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 1:54:37 PM

lol, makes sense.

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Highlander
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 2:33:07 PM

Well, it doesn't have a GPS receiver...that we know of. Who knows what functionality is hidden within the frame of the PSP Go?

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sabitrulz
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 12:36:09 PM
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juz cant wait 4 ma psp go........juz cant wait

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sabitrulz
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 12:40:25 PM
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hey ben try 2 give us some more info. about mgs:pw........really looking 4 that 1

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kevinater321
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 12:47:52 PM
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Looks cool, i will definitly buy it. But i also agree that the $250 price tag is too high. But i am also not going to buy it day one. I have seen this with the ps3 and other products that are at a high demand, they go like hot cakes and then suddenly show up just after chritmas. So i will wait because i fell for it before and got my ps3 off ebay for 1000$. So i will wait for these to come with less demand.

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Alienange
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 1:01:50 PM
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Why oh why does the PSP Go have a sliding screen like that? Why not just make it a clam shell so I don't scratch the darned thing!

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Xra897
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 1:21:56 PM
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man if only it was cheaper, i can't save 250 in a montoh right after i buy the slim

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EddPm6
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 1:32:07 PM
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you can pre order them from amazon already. Just in case no one knew.....

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Charger7302
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 2:35:58 PM
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I will be getting the Psp Go when it comes down to at least $215 or less, right now my psp 1000 is more then enough more me. Also does anyone have any guess of by when Metal Gear for the psp will arrive?

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mustang750r
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 2:39:12 PM
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my question is do theses Minis work on the older models or even the 2000 and 3000? Seeing how the go, 3000, and 2000 are the same save for the screen, umd, and ect.

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Highlander
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 3:48:19 PM

I don't see why not, the older PSPs with a decent sized memorystick installed are functionally identical with the exception of their lack of Bluetooth.

It wouldn't make much sense to have the PSP Go be the only platform for these 'mini' apps since you'd effectively be excluding nigh on 50 million possible customers before you even get started.

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sabitrulz
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 2:41:24 PM
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haha i sold out ma ipod touch,ds lite & psp 3000(with 6 umds) for buying it.....can't wait

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 2:59:40 PM
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An Application Empire is on the way. MS is gonna want a piece of the action with their own handheld soon.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 5:27:48 PM

MS probably thinks the application market hasn't been around long enough yet. After all, we all know MS uses the ingenious strategy of waiting until others have cemented their place in the market before they come out with their own product.

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G_Wurm
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 4:10:22 PM
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Still not much incentive to get a psp go yet. There are ways to get 32gb on a regular psp. Bluetooth is nice, but with ad-hoc party u can use your mic through the ps3.

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MadKatBebop
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 4:53:39 PM
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I hope Ill have enough money get one in October(I just bought an HDTV for my PS3)

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Squirreldriver
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 6:33:00 PM

congrats! makes a big difference over SD doesn't it!

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MadKatBebop
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 9:07:14 PM

Yeah Its beautiful!!! everything looks so real, brings tears to your eyes!

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tes37
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 9:54:00 PM

I've had my hdtv for over a year and I'm beginning to think the excitement may never go away. Games are gorgeous and blurays look like your peering through a window to outside.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 5:31:36 PM
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I've got big hands so I'll have to wait to try out a display model before I choose which model to get. The clamshell gameboy was bad enough when I was younger.

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King James
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 11:03:39 PM
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So what kind of devs is Sony trying to bring in, if the sdkit for miniS is 1200 euros?

Thats like $1750 USD! I hope this works out because I know that price just turned off your small 1-2 man dev crew.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 11:10:14 PM

I thought euro's equaled more USD? so wouldn't the price be lower for USD?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, August 24, 2009 @ 11:09:21 PM
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Welp, sorry Go, but I'm going to get my PSP-3000 in a little bit, haha, with the midnight release of Dissidia =D

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